WHAT IS AN INSERT MOLD?
Insert molds combine multiple materials and components to create a single product. The process can use engineering plastics or rubber with metallic materials, which provide strength and conductivity.
Common inserts are magnets, screws, pins, clips, and rivets. They can be made from a variety of materials such as steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, plastic, and silicone. During the insert molding process, the insert is placed in the mold -- either manually or by automation -- before pellets of raw material are injected into the mold. As the raw material flows into undercut features in the insert, the insert is anchored more securely than if it were assembled.
Many industries utilize insert molding. Typical applications include insert-molded couplings, threaded fasteners, filters, and electrical components. For example, the process is often used to create plastic parts with protruding metal screws, allowing them to be fastened and unfastened repeatedly.
Insert molding expands the capabilities of plastic and can help reduce the cost of products by limiting the number of costly metals needed to manufacture products.
Insert Mold Experts
At Prodigy Mold & Tool, we're insert mold experts. We know that your insert must be able to withstand the injection molding process without damage. And we know that your insert must match the precise design dimensions. (Even the slightest variation can make molding a perfect part impossible.)
We have full capabilities to build and test insert molds. We're here to deliver on your most challenging insert mold projects.
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