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What is the lead time for micro molding?

It’s a question we get quite a bit from OEMs and engineers, what is the lead time for micro molding? Generally speaking, the lead time for micro mold tooling is 4-7 weeks, but depending on the project, the time frame can change. Factors that determine micro mold lead time Depending on internal work load, our…

Micro Molding: The toolroom perspective & DfMM

There is a world of difference between how a product looks on a computer screen and reality. At the beginning of the design stage of product development, it is vital to give due consideration to the scale of micro molded part — especially the scale of some of its internal features. Put simply: parts may…

Even micro flaws can become a big deal.

Standard deviation exists in every single project. The two by fours framing out your new kitchen all vary in length to a small degree. It is minuscule (hopefully) but it is present. The same is true in manufacturing. Producing the highest quality part requires understanding any potential flaws that could affect their application, major or…

Accumold engineer inspects a mold

High-Flow Resin Challenges For Injection Molding

When designing a new device, component, or complex injection-molded part, world-class OEM engineers and rookies alike come to the same choke point when selecting the perfect micro mold material. Your instinct may be to opt for a familiar or even high-flow resin but dealing with microscopic tolerances completely re-writes material selection.  Every OEM designer and…

As parts go micro, gate placement becomes a challenge.

Scott Byal As technology miniaturizes, traditional design engineering aspects of injection molded parts are now causing problems. When looking at the micro mold gate, where polymer enters the mold cavity, only a small percentage of part geometry and surface area is affected. In micro molding however, the gate becomes a part feature. This poses problems…