People who want to manufacture plastic products can choose from a variety of moulding processes, such as single-shot injection moulding and two-shot injection moulding. Below are reasons why two-shot injection moulding would be beneficial to you as a manufacturer.
What It Is
Two-shot injection moulding refers to a manufacturing process through which a primary material is injected into a mould before another compatible material is also shot into the mould. The two shots can produce a fused part made from two different plastics.
The Benefits of Two-Shot Injection Moulding
Cost-Effectiveness. The two-shot injection moulding process can help you to reduce your costs of production. This is because you can use one production run to make a component which has two different but joined parts. As such, you can employ fewer workers because you don't need additional ones to oversee additional production steps, such as the steps involved in making two parts separately before you combine those parts into a single item.
Two-shot injection moulding also has the advantage of improving the quality of your products. For example, customers are likely to find your products more aesthetically appealing due to the effective way in which the parts are joined without any visible seam. It is also possible for you to make parts with two different colours. This can make those items more appealing to customers.
Two-shot injection moulding provides an additional benefit of creating stronger bonds between the two components. This is because both materials are injected into the mould when they are still in a molten state. The resultant bond tends to be stronger than what would result when the sections are made separately before being joined afterwards.
It Saves Time
Two-shot injection moulding also enables you to speed up the production process. This is because the process streamlines your production runs by eliminating supplementary processes, such as the process of checking for misalignment after joining two separate components after they have been made independently. The time saved allows you to take your products to the market sooner.
The benefits above can only be enjoyed if you invest sufficient time in doing the preliminary steps correctly. Those initial steps include designing your products with an emphasis on making the manufacturing process easier. You also need to select the best material from which the moulds can be fabricated so that a flawless prototype can be made and tested before actual production begins.