From Design to Delivery: Understanding the Process of Custom Plastic Manufacturing

Plastics are an integral part of our daily lives. They’re lightweight, sustainable, and cost-efficient. Plus, since there are several durable options to choose from, those making automotive parts and other useable items can create high-quality products that last for decades.

The custom plastic manufacturing process ensures that you get the precise plastic products you need. Read on to learn more about these manufacturing methods.

Material Selection and Preparation

Before beginning the manufacturing process, it’s critical to choose the right materials for your project. Once you decide the product requirements like size and necessary heat and weight tolerances, you can choose the materials you need.

Once you know what plastics to use, experts will design a 3D computer model that serves as a prototype. This ensures a precise result.

Mold Design

Professionals will then design a mold for your plastic products. This mold will be in the exact size and shape of the automotive (or non-automotive) part that you need. It will usually be made from strong metals like steel, copper alloy, or aluminum.

The mold comes in two parts. The “core side” creates the interior side of the plastic part that won’t be visible. The “cavity side” creates the visible exterior that will later be finished and polished.

Injection Molding: The Top Custom Plastic Manufacturing Process

Expert technicians will melt down the plastic you’re using after assembling a precise mold. Then, they’ll use a specialized sprue to inject the melted plastic into the mold.

Usually, the plastic will enter the mold perpendicular to the cavity. Sometimes, though, it will go directly into the cavity depending on your specifications.

It’s also important to note that you can make multiple plastic products in one single cycle. This is because a single old can contain several cavities. You won’t need to pay to manufacture more molds than you need, and technicians save both time and money with fewer processes.

Finishing Custom Plastic Parts

After the plastic cools and solidifies, the mold is split open. The plastic parts technician takes the products out of the mold. Then, the finishing process begins.

Finishing makes the parts look nice and gives them a sleek, professional aesthetic. You may need to remove burrs and other blemishes on the plastic surface. After that, surface smoothing, painting, and sealing are the core steps of the finishing process.

Quality Control

Finally, Nova Stevensville technicians put each part through a vigorous quality control process before distributing them. This ensures that all plastic products are durable and functional.

Defective products are removed and disposed of before they ever go to manufacturers or markets. This means that you’ll only get high-quality parts when you work with us.

Get a Quote

Now that you know the ins and outs of custom plastic manufacturing, it’s time to begin creating the plastic products that you need for your project. Our team is committed to assisting those involved in both big and small projects by providing precise and affordable plastic molded components.

Contact Nova Stevensville today to request a quote for your high-quality, easily affordable custom products.

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