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Jon Gelston


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Essential Injection Molding Guidelines for Customers New to the Process

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30, 2024 12:01:00 AM / by Jon Gelston posted in Plastic Injection Molding Defects, Plastic Types, Quality, Texture, Choosing the right plastic injection molder

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Embarking on a new custom injection molding project can be intimidating, especially for customers who are new to the industry. If you’ve never seen the process through from start to finish, it can seem extremely complex and even overwhelming with all of the details you’re expected to bring to the table.

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Injection Molding Techniques: Hot Runner Manifolds vs. Cold Runners

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2024 12:01:00 AM / by Jon Gelston posted in Plastic Injection Molding Defects, Plastic Types, Quality, Texture, Choosing the right plastic injection molder

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Today’s advanced injection molding techniques take an intelligent, disciplined approach to the manufacturing process that ensures both higher precision and efficiency. Making the right choice between hot runner manifold systems and conventional cold runners is just one of the many considerations we make. Nevertheless, it’s one of the most critical decisions in order to optimize our injection molding methods for your unique products and volume requirements.

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Precision Matters: Mastering Small Part Injection Molding for High-Quality Components

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2024 12:01:00 AM / by Jon Gelston posted in Plastic Injection Molding Defects, Plastic Types, Quality, Texture, Choosing the right plastic injection molder

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Maintaining precision and repeatability is crucial to any custom injection molding project, especially when it comes to small parts with potentially complex designs. With small part injection molding, even the tiniest variance in a dimension outside of a tolerance range can ruin a whole run of products.

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Overcoming the Common Challenges in Custom Plastic Overmolding

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2024 12:05:00 AM / by Jon Gelston posted in Plastic Injection Molding Defects, Plastic Types, Quality, Texture, Choosing the right plastic injection molder

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Plastic overmolding is a complex manufacturing process that involves multiple steps of injecting two different materials into a single final, molded part. As you can imagine, adding additional steps and materials into the injection molding process comes with some unique complications and challenges.

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Optimizing Plastic Overmolding Services to Be More Eco-Friendly and Sustainable

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 4, 2024 12:01:00 AM / by Jon Gelston posted in Plastic Injection Molding Defects, Plastic Types, Quality, Texture, Choosing the right plastic injection molder

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The overmolding process is indispensable for a myriad of today’s plastic products. Essentially, overmolding services allow us to combine multiple materials into a single complex design. And despite the inherent carbon footprint created by custom plastics manufacturing, overmolding can actually be the more efficient process compared to the alternative of producing and assembling multiple separate components.

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Plastic Overmolding vs. Conventional Injection Molding: Manufacturing Processes Compared

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2024 1:33:00 AM / by Jon Gelston posted in Plastic Injection Molding Defects, Plastic Types, Quality, Texture, Choosing the right plastic injection molder

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Conventional injection molding and overmolding are both crucial processes in the realm of modern plastics manufacturing. The production processes are similar, but overmolding isn’t as simple as injecting one plastic material over top of another. It requires a specialized mold setup along with the unique procedure of placing the substrate (the initial injection molded part) precisely into an overmold cavity before injecting the second material.

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Design Considerations for Small Part Injection Molding: From Draft Angles to Material Selection

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 7, 2024 12:02:00 AM / by Jon Gelston posted in Plastic Injection Molding Defects, Plastic Types, Quality, Texture, Choosing the right plastic injection molder

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Optimizing product design is crucial to the success of any custom injection molding project. However, when it comes to molding small parts and miniature components, there are some specific design considerations to keep in mind.

Part of the AIM Processing process is design for manufacturability (DFM) – taking your initial product designs and ensuring that no part features will pose an issue once the plastic meets the mold. By carefully considering all design features and tolerances alongside critical injection molding considerations like draft angle and material selection, we minimize manufacturing errors while ensuring a more efficient production process.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the critical design considerations you should make when it comes to small part injection molding.

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AIM Processing's Influence on Denver's Manufacturing Industry

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 22, 2024 12:01:00 AM / by Jon Gelston posted in Plastic Injection Molding Defects, Plastic Types, Quality, Texture, Choosing the right plastic injection molder

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The Denver, Colorado region has been a western hub for manufacturing since the early days of the city, and particularly for plastic injection molding since the industry took off in the 1960s. AIM Processing came along in 1993, adding to the long history of quality and innovation that the “Made in Colorado” stamp stands for.

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A Guide to Injection Molded Material Selection for Electronic Enclosures

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2024 12:02:00 AM / by Jon Gelston posted in Plastic Injection Molding Defects, Plastic Types, Quality, Texture, Choosing the right plastic injection molder

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Electronic enclosures come in many different shapes, sizes, and structural designs. Used in an extremely wide range of applications, enclosures are also expected to withstand many different operational environments and use cases. That means there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to choosing the best plastic for manufacturing a custom enclosure: the optimum material is highly dependent on the specific application.

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An Overview and Comparison of Multi-Material Injection Molding Services

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2024 12:01:00 AM / by Jon Gelston posted in Plastic Injection Molding Defects, Plastic Types, Quality, Texture, Choosing the right plastic injection molder

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Multi-material injection molding has become increasingly popular across many different product applications, allowing us to create complex plastic products which take advantage of more than one material. For example, on handheld products, handles, and grips, we can use a much sturdier base material overmolded with a soft, ergonomic plastic to drastically improve comfort and the overall end user experience.

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