Content by ICOMold

  • Three Advantages of Urethane Casting

    Urethane casting can be ideal for quantities up to about 25 parts, and it has several advantages over other plastic manufacturing processes like injection molding and additive manufacturing (3D printing).
  • How Colorants Affect Plastic Characteristics

    There are many synthetic polymers available today, each with its own unique properties. Some are more impact-resistant than others, some have more UV resistance, and some bend more rather than break. Anyone starting a custom plastic injection molding project should have initial discussions with...
  • Mass Customization, Plastic Injection Molding Style

    Before the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, skilled workers made custom, one-of-a-kind products that we’d call “designer” today. Then of course came mass production - new manufacturing methods that standardized products and made them faster and more efficiently than making them by hand.
  • Smart Manufacturing in Plastic Injection Molding

    Smart Manufacturing is talked about quite a bit. It goes by other names, too, like the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial IoT (IIoT), and Industry 4.0. The term IoT was first coined by Peter T. Lewis in 1985 to describe “the integration of people, processes, and technology with connectable...
  • Will 3D Printing Be the Demise of Plastic Injection Molding?

    All the buzz these days in the world of plastic part manufacturing seems to be about additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. Will 3D printing take over injection molding as the dominant method of plastics manufacturing? Which method is better? The answer is, it depends. It depends on the answers...
  • How Online Quoting Compressed Time for Plastic Injection Molding

    Engineers used to have to wait days or weeks to get a quote for a plastic injection molding project. Today, however, injection molding companies like ICOMold have dramatically reduced the quotation time through interactive online systems. With ICOMold's system, for instance, the customer simply...