What is Injection Molding
A staple of the industrial sector since its inception in the early 1870s, injection molding is used for producing a wide array of products ranging from bottle caps to automotive parts. Injection molding is a manufacturing process for producing parts by injecting molten material into a mold. Injection molding can be performed with a host of materials mainly including metals.
Is your product mainly plastic based and are you looking for high volume production, injection molding could be your option. Simple but also complex shapes can be produced with this method. Manufacturing volumes of 10’000 and more will quickly amortize the tooling costs compared to CNC machining. With injection molding the price of piece become very low. We at Jauvtis Micro Precision also do overmodling, when metal parts need a plastic component.
Primary Benefits of Injection Molding
The primary advantage of injection molding is the ability to scale production on a mass scale. There are high initial costs in creating the correct product design and product preparation. However, once the initial costs have been paid the price per unit during injection molded manufacturing is extremely low. The price also tends to drop drastically as more parts are produced.
Other advantages include the following:
Injection Molding has the ability to be highly repeatable with no virtual change to the product. All parts produced are going to be practically identical to the first one. This is essential in producing brand consistency and part reliability in high volume production.
It also produces low scrap rates relative to traditional manufacturing processes like CNC machining which cut away substantial percentages of an original plastic block or sheet.