There are many reasons as to why the process of injection molding is very popular in the field of plastic production—the most common reason is that it is the best means of producing enormous and identical quantities of plastic parts. For continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics, we use mainly two methods: insert injection and hybrid injection. Reading this, you will have a full understanding of how these methods work and what they can offer you.
Insert Injection Molding
Insert injection molding is the process of molding or forming plastic parts around other non-plastic parts or inserts. The inserted component is most commonly a simple object, such as a thread or rod, but in some cases, as complex as a battery or motor.
Moreover, insert molding combines metal and plastics, or multiple combinations of materials and components into a single unit. The process makes use of engineering plastics for improved wear resistance, tensile strength, and weight reduction. The insert molding process necessitates extremely tight tolerances to ensure the proper formation of the plastic parts being created.
Insert Injection Molding Benefits
Metal inserts and bushings are commonly used for reinforcing the mechanical properties of the plastic parts or thermoplastic elastomer products that are created through the insert injection molding process. Insert molding provides a number of benefits including:
Improved component reliability
Improved strength and structure
Reduced assembly and labor costs
Reduced size & weight of the part
Enhanced design flexibility
Hybrid Injection Molding
To some, the hybrid models have been popular on the market for a few decades by bringing together the benefits of both electric and hydraulic injection molding of plastics. Hybrid plastic injection molding is an energy-efficient and long-lasting process without much demand, all of which leads to a faster return on investment.
TOPOLO has developed technology to combine continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite (CFRT) laminates with traditional injection molded materials. By marrying the superior mechanical properties of thermoplastic composites with the design flexibility of injection molding, TOPOLO can create lightweight thermoplastic parts with enhanced performance.
CFRT products offered by TOPOLO through advanced processing technology include:
With this enabling technology, TOPOLO can work with you to replace heavy metals and high-cost thermosets with innovative lightweight materials.