Material selection – past experience, spin the wheel, throw a dart or ask the expert?

Published On: August 27th, 2014|Categories: Blog|

Choosing the right resin or composite for your application is a far-reaching decision. Whether your product is automotive, a packaging component, a medical device, or a fishing lure, the resin and its qualification testing will be in place for some time. Material selection involves a great many factors, beyond just the end use marketplace. The component design, the injection molding protocols used, costing projections, and any value add secondary operations required all need to be considered. In the more regulated industries, recycling, monitoring and device approval all come into play as well.

Part price is an obvious function of resin cost. Part price is also dependent on cycle time, press tonnage, over-molding and or secondary operations, which result from material (resin) selection. The properties of the resin or composite chosen will factor into all of these in raising or lowering the aggregate cost.

As a full service mold shop and molder, we embrace the opportunity to help you avoid end-of-the-project surprises. While your designers know your product market and the field requirements for your product market, we know ours as well. We can step you through the list of processing requirements for your component to cover this end of making your project look good at product release.

With some 70,000+ different resins and composites available on the market, having access to someone plugged into that system is invaluable. Your company and its products use, 5, 10 even 20 different resins/composites? As a molder, our experience extends across multiple customers and their successful products. Our Engineering staff graduated from the only Composites Engineering program in the United States. They are well versed in the physical science aspect of the polymers available and being developed.

So what are you waiting for? Give us a call and we can make you look good at your product release party!



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