As with many cases in manufacturing, you have options when it comes to injection molding. While there are a host of plastic materials that lend themselves to the process, they all generally fall into two broad categories: thermoplastic and thermoset materials. Each type of material offers different properties, benefits and strengths; and today, we’re going to focus on the importance of thermoplastic materials.
In the world of product development and manufacturing, 3D printing and injection molding are almost universally acknowledged to sit atop any list of the various methods available. While each of these methods is versatile and well-suited to a number of situations and uses, they are quite different in several ways: method, material, volume, cost and optimal application — just to name a few.
Material selection plays a huge role in injection molding for your product invention or prototype, affecting nearly every aspect of your part. Review the common materials used for injection molding.