Plastic and Injection Molding Industry Blog

WigWag Dog Collars: The Injection Molded Collar Made to Last

Posted by Mike Fil on April 18, 2018

Making durable collars suitable for pets living an active lifestyle with their owner is exactly the challenge WigWag Dog Collars faced when seeking to deliver the highest quality products to their customers and re-shore their manufacturing to the united states.

Here’s a look at how Extreme Molding stepped up to help them grow their business and offer their customers second-to-none dog collars at affordable prices.

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Tags: Case Study, WigWag Dog Collars, Pet Products

Upscaling Baby Banana Brush Injection Molding in the USA

Posted by Mike Fil on April 11, 2018

The companies we work with to produce the highest quality goods possible within healthcare, consumer, and pet industries are often a testament to our processes and what you can expect from a manufacturer based in the USA during your injection molding project.

Here’s a look at the work we carried out with Live-Right on their Baby Banana Brush product to upscale their injection molding by contracting a second manufacturer in the USA, saving costs and maintaining the highest quality.

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Tags: injection molding, Baby Banana Brush, Testimonial, Case Study

How to Reduce the Cost of Your Injection Molding Project

Posted by Mike Fil on March 29, 2018

Injection molding projects can be a very cost-effective way of creating high-quality products at high volumes but we know that, as a business, it’s always important for you to continually review ways to reduce costs wherever possible. We’re experts at creating products that blend quality with reducing your costs during injection molding, and our processes result in high-end consumer products made at a reasonable price. Here are some simple and easy areas to focus on when you’re looking to reduce costs during manufacturing.

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Tags: Product Design, Production Quotes, Injection Molding Cost

Contracted Injection Molding: From Idea to Item

Posted by Mike Fil on March 21, 2018

Recently, an experienced member of our team spoke at Molding 2018 to share her expert knowledge on liquid silicone rubber molding and production processes. Corie Yodis detailed how Extreme Molding partners with customers from concept to creation and beyond. Transparency is one of our core values, so it was great to be able to share our processes with our peers. Let’s take a look at what Corie covered during her session, and what our processes mean for new partners.

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Tags: injection molding, Event, Molding 2018

Shipping Your New Product: Staying Organized During Manufacturing

Posted by Dana Nugent on March 8, 2018

If you don’t yet have a combined packaging and fulfillment manufacturer creating your silicone or plastic products, one of the most important things you need to consider is how you want to ship your products to your customers.

You’ve done the leg work. You have the perfect design for your product, and you’ve made items that are the right color to increase sales. Now you need to get the products to your customers in a timely fashion to ensure the best customer experience. 

Shipping can be relatively easy, especially if you find a manufacturer able to handle this process with you. It may be tempting to consider this last since it’s the final stage of manufacturing, but the reality is having the right processes in place ahead of time will save you a lot of effort in the long run. Here’s how to stay organized when shipping products:

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Tags: USA Manufacturing, Shipping

Choosing the Right Color for Your Silicone or Plastic Product

Posted by Corie Yodis on March 2, 2018

The color of your plastic or silicone product can make all the difference, especially for your consumers. It’s the first thing any customer will see of a product and can make a real impact on sales. The right color choice can set you apart from competitors and other brands, establishing your product in the market. As such, you should approach choosing color as seriously as any other strategic choice for your business.

You might not realize this but the material you choose for you product is where we you need to start with this decision. Silicone and plastics have completely different pigments and need to be matched differently. Your manufacturer should be able to advise on this, helping you through this process, but here’s some basic information to get you started.

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Tags: Molding, Liquid Silicone Molding, USA Manufacturing, injection molding, Product Design

Extreme Molding Featured in Times Union

Posted by Lynn Momrow-Zielinski on February 27, 2018

We were recently featured in Times Union in an article that focuses on how we co-founded Extreme Molding by combining expertise in engineering and business.

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Tags: Rubber Manufacturing, Molding, Liquid Silicone Molding, USA Manufacturing, injection molding

Designing Your Product for Manufacturability

Posted by Mike Fil on February 21, 2018

Have you ever wondered why a plastic cup is shaped the way that it is? Take a look inside most plastic cups and you’ll notice that they’re tapered towards the center at the bottom.

Is it smaller at the bottom so that you can hold the cup more easily in your hand? Is the cup wider at the top so that it allows for more drinking surface when put to your mouth? Do cups have a tapered shape to them so that they can be more easily stacked?

Here’s why: cups are designed the way they are to make the manufacturing process easier and more economical.  In the industry we call this design approach ‘Design for Manufacturability’ (DFM) and it’s crucial for manufacturing a quality part.

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Tags: USA Manufacturing, injection molding, Product Design

How to prepare CAD Drawings for Your New Manufacturer

Posted by Mike Fil on February 13, 2018

As we’ve previously mentioned, when you’re considering moving manufacturer or reshoring your product to the USA it’s important to have design files (CAD drawings) of your product on hand. Using these files, your manufacturer can develop a deeper understanding of your product and offer expert advice. Being able to communicate your ideas visually as well as practically makes a difference – your manufacturer will need to know the size and inner workings of your product – and the right computer-aided design (CAD) drawings can do this perfectly.

A CAD drawing is a digital file representing a product as either a 2D or 3D image. They offer industrial designers and contract manufacturers insight into the size and shape of your parts, allowing them to provide quotations and simulate stress and strain forces when necessary.  This can be significant when determining the best design of your product and improving overall quality of your mold.

Here’s how to prepare CAD drawings for a new manufacturer:

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Tags: Molding, Overmolding, Liquid Silicone Molding, USA Manufacturing, injection molding

Choosing the Right Plastic Material for Your Product

Posted by Lynn Momrow-Zielinski on February 7, 2018

Product designers, entrepreneurs, and inventors often ask Extreme Molding for material recommendations when manufacturing their products. With thermoplastic materials (plastics, resins, or polymers that are moldable above a specific temperature and then solidify when cool) there are countless choices out there and we often suggest enlisting the help of material suppliers as well as molders to figure this out. 

Choosing the right material for your product can make a huge difference to your bottom line, as well as the quality of the product your manufacturer creates. Here are some basic guidelines your manufacturer should keep in mind and raise with you when choosing the correct plastic for your product.

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Tags: Liquid Silicone Molding, USA Manufacturing, injection molding