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Mould Tool FAQ

Here are a number of the most common Plastic Injection Moulding faqs and Plastic Injection Moulding Tools faqs.

Mould Tools and Mouldings
Q: Which type do you recommend, steel mould tools or alloy mould tools? A: As a guide - If you need millions of very complex mouldings, have few cost restraints, or need a tool with mechanisms which constantly rub against each other to make the mouldings, steel mould tools are best. If you need 100 - 500,000 simple to complex mouldings on a budget and quickly, alloy mould tools are best. See our comparison table here. Please note that we can also make tools from a combination of alloy and steel.

Q: Which method is most suitable for my part, injection moulding or vac forming? A: This depends on your part. As a guide - use vac forming if parts thickness is uniform, A4 paper size or more & the annual quantities needed are low (10-5000) OR use injection mouldings if parts wall thickness differs, is less than A4 paper size & annual quantities needed are medium-high (1000-100,000+)

Q: My parts have been drawn on CAD, would the CAD files be of use to you? A: Yes! We can use them to carry out a quote, create tool drawing/s & even make mould tools saving you both time and money - DXF, DWG, IGES, Pro-Engineer, Parasolid & SolidWorks are all usable.

Q: I need a quote for plastic parts quickly, what information do you need? A: Complete an Enquiry Form & we'll send you Express Quote Request Form listing all the information we need OR e-mail a digital camera image with sizes, quantities etc OR simply contact us.

Q: I've got existing mould tools - Can you fit them in your machines and make parts for me now? A: Yes, and we can even adapt your existing Manumold mould tools to run automatically in our machines.

Q: Do you make mould tools for other companies to mould from? A: Yes, as long as the part/s are within our moulding capacity and thus we're able to prove mould tools although we do prefer to make the mouldings as well. We do also modify and repair existing mould tools.

Q: Is it possible to have e.g. product identification, text instructions or logos on my parts? A: This is possible for both vacuum formings and injection mouldings and can be achieved in a number of ways. Text or logos can be engraved on mould tools so as to be either recessed or proudon the injection mouldings or vac formings, or it can be hot foil or pad printed on the parts after mouldings or formings.

Q: I need the mouldings to have a particular finish, is this possible? A: Provided the finish is in a suitable area, matt, gloss or other textures can be added to the mould tool to do so.

Q: I need the finished mouldings to have metal inserts in, is this possible? A: Yes, inserts can be put in the finished mouldings during or after the moulding process. We can also encapsulate parts and even produce mouldings inside metal parts.

Q: Can you produce mouldings in different colours and materials? A: Yes, mouldings can be made in clear materials, a range of standard colours or a specific colour to match a mating part, but they would cost more than the same parts in their base material colour.
Different materials are also possible.

Q: If I place an order, can I then call off the mouldings in several deliveries at a later date? A: We'll make your annual mouldings requirement¹, stock them then deliver as required up to 6 months from your order date, thus reducing downtimes, setup & stock holding costs. (¹ = Not always available-large mouldings)

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