As discussed in Part I, chrome plating offers an attractive, durable finish for plastic parts used in a wide range of applications. Although chrome is the ultimate finish for a plastic part, adding chrome plating can’t be an afterthought in your product design. Any surface defects on the part will only become more pronounced once a decorative chrome finish is applied. Chrome requires advance planning and attention to detail in the design of the part, the mold and the specific molding techniques used.
Are you designing injection molded parts for a new product or looking to update an existing product? There are numerous finishes that may be of interest. Perhaps you are considering a chrome finish on your ABS or PC ABS part? Beyond the snazzy, visual appeal, there are other good reasons to use chrome. First and foremost is that it adds an attractive, decorative finish. In addition, it may also provide a level of corrosion protection, make cleaning the surface easier and increase the overall durability of the part.
Today, so many different parts are being injection molded. These parts include laptop and mobile phone cases, medical and military electronic components, and a variety of other materials across industrial, consumer and specialty markets. Because of this, EMI and RFI shielding is becoming increasingly important.
When working with an injection molding company, many do not offer final assembly services. If you do find a contract manufacturer you are planning on working with that can take care of final assembly tasks, there’s a host of questions you will need to ask them. During the vetting stage, here are five of the most important questions to ask your contract manufacturer about their final assembly services.
Keeping a competitive edge in today’s market requires speed and agility when launching new products. Time to market for new products has become further and further compressed. Early engagement with a full service plastics partner can steam-line your development process and accelerate your time to market.
Here are six ways a full-service plastics partner can help your business reduce time to market for new products.
Painting plastics is not easy, as special paints are required to give your parts the desired finish and ensure it bonds well with the plastic. However, painting techniques have evolved over the years and there are several different means by which the plastic parts can be painted to meet any need. Below are two main reasons why plastic parts should be painted:
Completely unrelated to functionality, the details below discuss options if you are looking for a flawless finish.
If your pieces need to be uniform and you require a custom color, it will be less expensive and more pleasing to paint the pieces rather than create a custom resin. OEMs choose to use painted plastics because resins may not offer the desired effect or color.
Topics: Finishing Operations
Pad printing is an innovative and effective process for transferring a two-dimensional image onto a three-dimensional surface. It can also be a delicate process with numerous variables that can lead to an unsatisfactory image transfer if done incorrectly. My goal in this post, assuming the reader has a basic understanding of the pad printing process, is to touch on a few of the more frequently encountered problems that cause poor image transfer and how to troubleshoot them.
Topics: Finishing Operations