Molding plastic isn’t as simple as it used to be. Now, there’s a lot to know about it! One of the most important aspects is to understand how to improve a mold’s longevity. Regardless of the kind of mold you’re using, there’s no doubt that injections are rough on them. Without proper preparation and the right choices, you can end up replacing expensive molds far more often than you would otherwise.
Keeping your molds up to date and well treated is vital for a variety of reasons. For starters, it certainly helps you to know that you’re producing the best work possible. Surface treatments are a key aspect of extending the longevity of your molds, but it’s only one aspect. Other things to consider include fire retardants, metal fibers and the complexity of the molds. It’s a form of preventative maintenance and will help protect your tools. Since your tools represent a portion of your investment, taking steps to ensure it works to your highest standards is paramount.
No matter which coating you choose, none of them last forever. Eventually, all molds need to be replaced, no matter how you treat them. Even more importantly, trying to use a mold with worn coating and substandard quality will only damage your company’s reputation and ensure that you don’t get repeat customers.
In other words, a suitable coating on your molds is one part of producing high-quality goods. The type that works for you depends entirely on what you’re doing. Making preventative maintenance a priority is one of the most cost-effective methods to ensure high product quality.
No matter what, none of these coatings last indefinitely. To do your best work, you have to choose the option that will work best for the job you need. These are only a small sample of the coatings that are available, so talk to people and figure out which one will work the best for you. If you go overboard, you’ll have wasted money, and if you get a cheaper one that doesn’t hold up, you’ll just have to replace it later. Make the right choice and protect your investment and your professional reputation.
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Megan Ray Nichols
Freelance Science Writer
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