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The Heavy Truth About Injection Molding

The average weight of a stainless steel injection mold is seven hundred pounds. Some can weigh over a ton, some just a few hundred pounds, but any way you cut it, you certainly don’t want one to fall on your foot. So how do you get this massive piece of metal to produce complex plastic parts? It’s all in the tooling. When using CNC EDM machines to create the base of mold cavitation, it is the work of the tool maker to refine the steel to exact specifications. Precision work on the cavities is only part of the process. The tool must also include gating to allow for proper melt flow and vents to allow gas and air to escape. Without proper placement of these key features, parts will be subject to imperfections. If you are working with a turnkey plastic injection molder, they will test the mold cavities to uncover any flaws in the tooling or the design. This is an important step because it can help save thousands of dollars in re-tooling costs. Don’t let questions about plastic injection molding weigh you down. Get the answers you need by contacting Design-Tek Plastics today at...

What Millenials Think of the Manufacturing Industry

In the video above, it’s clear that young people are shying away from STEM education because of a distorted perception of manufacturing employment and careers. Although the people in this film are bright, they are not very knowledgeable about manufacturing or technical careers. When you watch this video, you see that some of the statistics that are cited are quite interesting. Over 17 million people are employed in the manufacturing world and on average the compensation for these careers exceeds $77,000. So while the jobs are there and they pay well, young people show little if any interest. According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), 18-24 year olds rank manufacturing 5 out of 7 for career preferences. However, more than 80% believe manufacturing is important to our economy and standard of living. The fact is that we need to address the skills gap before we can develop the engineers and technicians of the future. A study from The National Defense Industrial Association reported that between 5th and 12th grade 74% of the children do not have access to or interest in STEM the coursework they need to thrive in today’s advanced manufacturing environment. Without this baseline education, our younger generations won’t be qualified to fill the highly technical careers that are now the benchmark of a manufacturing environment. Many companies are addressing this gap by working with local educators and school administrators to support and encourage STEM education. Some organizations partner with workforce development agencies to identify and groom future manufacturing candidates. Still, others are using the old model of apprenticeships to grow their own talent internally. The...

5 Essential Tips for Prototyping

Building a prototype for your product is essential for making your idea a concrete reality. Entrepreneurs are putting more and more focus on prototype development because a compelling prototype can attract new investors. Prototypes show what works and what doesn’t work. That helps generate feedback and can facilitate a connection between potential investors and your vision. In the end, if you want to get funded and gain traction in the business world, you’re going to want a compelling prototype. So, what is the key to successful prototype development? Read these five essential tips to find out. 5 Essential Tips for Prototyping Be Specific. Before you put all your time and effort into your prototype, you need to have a plan of action. Take into consideration the following questions. What is your overall plan for your product? How is it different from other products that already exist? What is the market for your product? Who is your target consumer? Where do you want to sell your product? Also, make sure you can clearly explain the specifics of your prototype including, specifics about functionality, aesthetics, use, etc. as well as your overall business plan to anyone who might have an interest in it. Talk to Potential Manufacturers. At some point of your prototype stage you’re going to need to identify potential manufacturers. Once you’ve contacted a potential manufacturer, ask for their portfolio. You want to get a good idea of what they’ve done in the past. Pay attention to its manufacturing capabilities and expertise, as well as its signature aesthetic. If you’re planning on creating a cutting-edge alarm clock but a...

5 Favorite Plastic Products on Kickstarter

Day after day more Kickstarter campaigns are getting funded with the help of active Internet users. With so many different projects out there, people are lining up to be part of the next big thing. They are ready to see the product and get the project going as quickly as possible and with a prototype, people are seeing where there money is going. We can’t possibly mention every single amazing project we’ve seen, and there’s definitely a seasonal drift to ideas, and at times, every idea on the site seems strange and terrible. Luckily not all ideas are awful, and to show that, we’ve found our top 5 plastic products on Kickstarter! 5 Favorite Plastic Products on Kickstarter  Coolest Cooler: 21st Century Cooler that’s Actually Cooler Total backers: 62,642 Total pledges: $13,285,226 Elevation Dock: The Best Dock for iPhone Total backers: 12,521 Total pledges: $1,464,706 Your iOS in Motion. Total backers: 5,227 Total pledges: $702,427 Ulo Total backers: 8,330 Total pledges: $1,745,545 Snatoms! The Magnetic Molecular Modeling Kit Total backers: 6,581 Total pledges: $519,851...