Plastic and Injection Molding Industry Blog

Why Most Silicone Manufacturers Need CAD Files

Posted by Mike Fil on November 21, 2018

When you’re ready to take the next steps and turn your prototype into a real product it can sometimes feel like a sticking point when manufacturers require CAD drawing files before they begin a consultation or start product development with you.

We get asked about the CAD file requirement quite frequently, as it is featured on our contact form, so let’s take a look at why most good manufacturers ask for Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) files and what it means for your eventual silicone product.

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Tags: USA Manufacturing, Injection Molding, Product Design

Explaining Shrink in Silicone Injection Molding

Posted by Corie Yodis on July 30, 2018

Shrink is a common issue in all injection molding processes, both silicone and plastic. As long as you are working with a skilled manufacturer, who has ample knowledge in material science, they should know how to account for the shrink in your design. Silicone shrinks more predictably than plastic, so it is easier to account for. All plastic resins have different shrink rates, and they are much larger than the shrink rates of silicone. Plastic shrink can also result in sink, which can be a large problem atheistically.

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Tags: Injection Molding, Product Design, Molding, Silicone Shrink

Making Your Promotional Injection Molded Products Stand Out

Posted by Mike Fil on May 31, 2018

As a large volume manufacturer of promotional silicone items, we see a lot of new products and designs every year that are used to entice people into becoming loyal customers with the companies we work with.  When it comes to creating promotional items it’s fairly easy to understand the basics – you’ll need something that can be created on a large scale with consistent quality – but how can you attract attention in your market?

Here are some ways to help your promotional injection molded products stand out.

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Tags: Promotional Items, Product Design, Injection Molding

Making Sure Your Infant Product is Safe for Children

Posted by Mike Fil on May 25, 2018

When it comes to manufacturing products intended for use by infants there are a lot of considerations to take into account. Naturally, you’re going to want to make sure the final product is safe for chewing- on since this is how infants and tots discover the world – but what else should you consider?

We have a long history of manufacturing infant-safe silicone products. Here are some ways you can make sure your infant product is safe:

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Tags: Infant Products, Product Design, Baby Banana Brush, USA Manufacturing

Factors to Consider When Upscaling Production to Large Volumes

Posted by Mike Fil on May 4, 2018

Taking the next step towards high-volume production might seem like a challenging process but the larger your order when it comes to injection molding the more cost-effective your project can be. Find the right manufacturer and with high-volume orders you could experience best of that custom injection molding projects have to offer, as they often blend speed with large volumes of high-quality products.

Here are some factors to consider when you’re looking for the right manufacturer to help you produce high-volumes of your silicone product.

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Tags: Injection Molding, High Volume Manufacturing, Product Design

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: Injection Molding Cost, Production Quotes, Product Design

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: Injection Molding, Liquid Silicone Molding, USA Manufacturing, Molding, Product Design

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: Injection Molding, USA Manufacturing, Product Design