The world of manufacturing and production is often the first to embrace progressive technology. It allows them to build and adapt on a mass scale. They incorporate vast production lines and require expert automation. They test and hone efficiency to its very core. That’s why, as a technology blog, we so often look to the biggest manufacturers for signs of the future. Invariably, the technology used at the highest levels trickle down to the consumer over time. You need only look at ovens, conveyor belts, and early robotics. They all began in manufacturing and populated other markets over time.
Today we’re looking at injection molding and tracking its progress. Not since the introduction of 3D printers has any technology disrupted the production line in the same way. It has altered the manner in which businesses manufacture their products and prototypes. Injection molding has boosted efficiency, cut waste and increased accuracy. Is it the future? Let’s take a look.
Speed and efficiency is key when it comes to injection molding. In the past, components would have to be built separately and brought together. They would have to be meticulously crafted with fine tools. With injection molding, plastic materials can be generated almost immediately. The speed and efficiency of taking a design to a 3D model is staggering. The invention is redefining production times across the board.
Production has never been so accurate. In the past, intricate designs would be very difficult to produce. Accuracy was never fully guaranteed. With injection molding, the level of detail is astonishing. The molds are built from sheet metal and can withstand huge amounts of pressure. This pressure forces the plastic harder against the mold than any other process. Of course, the process is far from easy. You’ll need to undergo scientific molding classes before you produce perfect molds. But, once you do, you’ll unlock more intricate detail than ever before.
Products have never been so strong. Due to the nature of the molding process, filler can be added to the plastic itself. It has the effect of adding strength and durability to plastic products. It is opening up new pathways for plastic itself. In the past, manufacturers may have had to opt for metal alternatives for strength. Now, low cost plastic can be used instead.
Automation has always been at the heart of production. With injection molding, we’re moving into a new realm of possibility. Once fed with the correct designs, the injection molding process can be left unattended. It is mostly robotic, requiring only one person to operate. You can eliminate labour and much of your previous overhead costs.
Finally, injection molding produces almost zero waste. Plastic has long been criticised for its environmental impact. Manufacture typically produced waste that could not be reused or recycled. With injection molding, everything can be ground up and reused. Injection molding will help us reduce our reliance on landfill waste and help businesses go green. And that can only be a good thing.
Injection molding is faster, cleaner and stronger than any technique before it. It continues to strengthen manufacturing businesses across the country and will slowly grow. As a technology, we’ll keep a keen eye on its development.