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Cycle time and heat transfer. Flow and solidification. Part design. Tooling. New developments Schematic of thermoplastic Injection molding machine. 7. types, (i.e., those produced using prototype injection molds or tools), which are used to tion mold design, and provide the design team with a potentially large. smart design with a great deal of know-how, top performance production “ Injection Moulds for Beginners”, the title of this book, hits the bull's eye and old.
This cooling is usually achieved by water circulating in channels machined into the mold. Proper cooling contributes to controlled part shrinkage, part strength and quality. Overall, the speed of the injection molding cycle is controlled by the efficiency of the cooling system.
Once the parts are sufficiently cooled and solidified, the mold opens and an ejector system, usually in the form of knockout pins, is used to aid in part ejection. Ejector systems are mounted on the ejection side of the mold and are typically activated by pneumatic or hydraulic cylinders.
In addition to knockout pins, other ejector methods include stripper plates, stripper rings, and air pressure ejection. Sometimes a sprue puller is used to remove molded plastic from the sprue bushing as the part is ejected.
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Amorphous polymers become rubbery, then glassy as they solidify. They have a wide softening range with no distinct melting temperature. The sprue, runners, and gates, along with the part are molded simultaneously, and then separated after ejection.
The runner system is contained in a plate of its own and does not open during ejection of the part. During injection the outer layers of plastic in the runner solidify and insulate the inner material, keeping it at molding temperatures.
Over time and repetitive use, mold components and surfaces will degrade. The use of inserts and laminated construction for mold surfaces subjected to high wear is recommended. Rust is also a major factor. Cleaning and lubrication are critical measures between manufacturing cycles and for short-term and long-term storage.
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Automatically trimmed gates Pin gate Submarine tunnel gates Hot runner gates Valve gates. The A-Side is fixed, the B-Side does the clamping. Remember, the plastic will shrink when it cools. You want it to stick to the B-Side so it will pull out and be ejected off with the ejection pins. Aluminium moulds can cost substantially less, and when designed and machined with modern computerised equipment can be economical for moulding tens or even hundreds of thousands of parts.
Beryllium copper is used in areas of the mould that require fast heat removal or areas that see the most shear heat generated. Close up of removable insert in "A" side. Insert removed from die. Mould design[ edit ] Standard two plates tooling — core and cavity are inserts in a mould base — "family mould" of five different parts The mould consists of two primary components, the injection mould A plate and the ejector mould B plate.
These components are also referred to as moulder and mouldmaker.
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Plastic resin enters the mould through a sprue or gate in the injection mould; the sprue bushing is to seal tightly against the nozzle of the injection barrel of the moulding machine and to allow molten plastic to flow from the barrel into the mould, also known as the cavity. These channels allow plastic to run along them, so they are referred to as runners.
Sprue, runner and gates in actual injection moulding product The amount of resin required to fill the sprue, runner and cavities of a mould comprises a "shot". Trapped air in the mould can escape through air vents that are ground into the parting line of the mould, or around ejector pins and slides that are slightly smaller than the holes retaining them.
If the trapped air is not allowed to escape, it is compressed by the pressure of the incoming material and squeezed into the corners of the cavity, where it prevents filling and can also cause other defects. The air can even become so compressed that it ignites and burns the surrounding plastic material. Sides of the part that appear parallel with the direction of draw the axis of the cored position hole or insert is parallel to the up and down movement of the mould as it opens and closes  are typically angled slightly, called draft, to ease release of the part from the mould.
Insufficient draft can cause deformation or damage.
The draft required for mould release is primarily dependent on the depth of the cavity; the deeper the cavity, the more draft necessary. Shrinkage must also be taken into account when determining the draft required.
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The part then falls freely when ejected from the B side. Tunnel gates, also known as submarine or mould gates, are located below the parting line or mould surface. An opening is machined into the surface of the mould on the parting line. The moulded part is cut by the mould from the runner system on ejection from the mould. The standard method of cooling is passing a coolant usually water through a series of holes drilled through the mould plates and connected by hoses to form a continuous pathway.
The coolant absorbs heat from the mould which has absorbed heat from the hot plastic and keeps the mould at a proper temperature to solidify the plastic at the most efficient rate.
By substituting interchangeable inserts, one mould may make several variations of the same part. More complex parts are formed using more complex moulds. These may have sections called slides, that move into a cavity perpendicular to the draw direction, to form overhanging part features. These pins enter a slot in the slides and cause the slides to move backward when the moving half of the mould opens.
The part is then ejected and the mould closes.
The closing action of the mould causes the slides to move forward along the angle pins. This is often referred to as overmoulding. This system can allow for production of one-piece tires and wheels.
Two-shot injection moulded keycaps from a computer keyboard Two-shot or multi-shot moulds are designed to "overmould" within a single moulding cycle and must be processed on specialised injection moulding machines with two or more injection units. This process is actually an injection moulding process performed twice and therefore has a much smaller margin of error.
In the first step, the base colour material is moulded into a basic shape, which contains spaces for the second shot. Then the second material, a different colour, is injection-moulded into those spaces. Pushbuttons and keys, for instance, made by this process have markings that cannot wear off, and remain legible with heavy use. The number of "impressions" in the mould of that part is often incorrectly referred to as cavitation.
A tool with one impression will often be called a single impression cavity mould. In some cases, multiple cavity tooling will mould a series of different parts in the same tool. For a given mold design, the marginal cost per piece will remain fairly constant across the life of the application though there may be cost decreases related to elimination of defects, reductions in cycle times, etc. To provide the best possible mold design and quote, multiple mold designs should be developed for different target production quantities, and the total production costs estimated and compared via break-even analysis.
Example: Consider the cost data provided in Table 3. Calculate the production volume where a hot runner mold becomes more economical than a cold runner mold. Equation 3.
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While the cost function of Eq. For this example, the 2 cavity cold runner mold has a lower total cost up to the , part quantity, after which the 32 cavity hot runner mold provides a lower total cost.
In the previous example, the upfront cost of the 32 cavity hot runner system can not be justified at low or moderate production quantities. At very high production quantities, however, a hot runner system is essential to maximizing profitability since the marginal costs of operating the hot runner mold are significantly less than those of the cold runner mold.
While the breakeven analysis supports clear design deci- sions at very low and very high production quantities, the mold design can be less certain at intermediate production volumes.
If the production quantity is on the order of , parts, then the best mold design may utilize neither 2 nor 32 cavities for this application, but rather an intermediate quantity of 4, 8, or 16 cavities with or without a hot runner. As such, multiple designs and cost estimates should be developed until a good balance is achieved between higher upfront investment and lower marginal costs.
If necessary, the customer can be given more than one design to select the design that they think will ultimately be best. Many molders and customers require a quick return on investment, and so will examine the total cost curve to accept the use of a hot runner system with high cavitation only if a desirably short payback period can be achieved. The color change issue in hot runners will be revisited in Section 6. If the molder does not have the experience or auxiliaries required to utilize a hot runner system, then a cold runner mold may best be utilized.
For instance, it is not uncommon for molders to standardize on a specific type and size of mold to maximize production flexibility and reduce setup times. When an advanced molding application has special requirements, it may be critical to select a molder with a specialized set of molding capabilities and standard operating procedures.
Chapter 13 provides a survey of mold technologies, many of which require special molder capabilities. The following cost estimation method was developed to include the main effects of the part design and molding process while being relatively simple to use.
To use the developed method, the practitioner can refer to the cost data provided in Appendices A, B, and D, or provide more application specific data as available. To demonstrate the cost estimation method, each of these cost drivers is analyzed for the laptop bezel shown in Figure 3.
The example analysis assumes that 1,, parts are to be molded of ABS from a single cavity, hot runner mold. The relevant application data required to perform the cost estimation is provided in Table 3.
This example corresponds to the mold design shown in Figure 1. The reason for their expense is that they need to contain every geometric detail of the molded part, be made of very hard materials, and be finished to a high degree of accuracy and quality. As previously suggested, the analysis should be conducted using application specific data for the material properties, part geometry, mold geometry, or manufacturing processes when such data is available.
First, the dimensions of the core and cavity inserts are estimated. From the dimensions provided in Table 3. Since this is a tight tolerance part with a high production quantity, tool steel D2 is selected for its wear and abrasion resistance.
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A mold maker in a high cost of living area such as Germany will tend to have a higher labor cost than a mold maker in a low cost of living area such as Taiwan. Furthermore, the labor rate will also vary with the toolset, capability, and plant utilization of the mold maker. For example, a mold maker using a 5 axis numerically controlled milling machine will tend to have more capability and charge more than a mold maker using manually operated 3 axis milling machines.
Some approximate cost and efficiency 3. The cavity machining time is driven by the size and complexity of the cavity details to be machined, as well as the speed of the machining processes used. In theory, the exact order and timing of the manufacturing processes can be planned to provide a precise time estimate.
In practice, however, this approach is fairly difficult unless the entire job can be automatically processed, for instance, on a numerically controlled mill. To provide an approximate but conservative estimate, the assumption is made that the removal volume is equal to the entire volume of the core and cavity inserts.
This may seem an overly conservative estimate, but in fact much of the volume must be removed around the outside of the core insert and the inside of the cavity insert. The material removal rate is a function of the processes that are used, the finish and tolerances required, as well as the properties of the mold core and cavity insert materials.
To simplify the analysis, a geometric complexity factor will later be used to capture the effect of different machining processes and tolerances needed to produce the required cavity details. Machining data for different materials are provided in Appendix B, though application specific material removal rates can be substituted if the depth of cut, speed, and feed rates are known .
Due to limitations in the process, the core and cavity inserts are typically machined from aluminum with very small end-mills used to provide reasonably detailed features. While this mold-making approach does provide very precise cost estimates and low costs, the resulting molds are comparatively soft and often not appropriate for molding high quantities.
Higher strength and wear resistant aluminum alloys, however, have recently been and continue to be developed that are increasingly cannibalizing conventionally manufactured steel molds. David O. The goal of the mold layout design stage is to develop the physical dimensions of the inserts and mold so as to enable procurement of these materials. The mold layout design assumes that the number of mold cavities and type of mold has been determined. To develop the mold layout, the mold opening direction and the location of the parting plane are first determined.
Then, the length, width, and height of the core and cavity inserts are chosen. Afterwards, a mold base is selected and the inserts are placed in as simple and compact a layout as possible. It is important to develop a good mold layout design since later analysis assumes this layout design and these dimensions are quite expensive to change once the mold making process has begun. The primary purpose of the parting plane is to tightly seal the cavity of the mold and prevent melt leakage.
The mold designer must first determine the mold opening direction to design the parting plane.
In fact, the mold usually opens in a direction normal to the parting plane since the moving platen of the molding machine is guided by tie bars or rails to open in a direction normal to the platen. It may appear that there is nothing about the mold opening direction to determine since the mold opens normal to the parting plane. However, it is necessary to determine the mold 68 4 Mold Layout Design opening direction relative to the mold cavity.
There are two factors that govern the mold opening direction: 1. First, the mold cavity should be positioned such that it does not exert undue stress on the injection mold. The mold cavity is typically placed with its largest area parallel to the parting plane.
This arrangement allows the mold plates, already being held in compression under the clamp tonnage, to resist the force exerted by the plastic on the surfaces of the mold cavity. Second, the mold cavity should be positioned such that the molded part can be ejected from the mold.
A typical molded part is shaped like a five-sided open box with the side walls, ribs, bosses, and other features normal to its largest area.As the number of cavities play a vital role in moulding costs, so does the complexity of the part's design.
Standard machining , in its conventional form, has historically been the method of building injection moulds. I hope that Injection Mold Design Engineering is accessible and useful to all who read it. A shut-off will need to be defined for each window or opening in the molded part. To avoid excessive stress, interlocking features on the parting plane should be inclined at least five degrees relative to the mold opening direction.
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