“Making an LVIM is a fascinating process in which you create something to create something else. One of the major challenges in the process is that you must create a mold or tool that can be used as a receptacle for molten thermoplastic that holds the inverse, or negative shape, of the part you desire. While this sounds simple enough, some special knowledge is required.”
Ron Hollis, Ph.D., P.E.
From automotive parts to medical products, lawn and garden equipment and consumer electronics, the general acceptance of Low Volume Injection Molding is growing at an exponential rate. As applications and markets continue to expand, LVIM is increasingly becoming a key player in any manufacturing strategy. As a “bridge tool” that allows product developers to use emergent and traditional tooling in concert, LVIM will help manufacturers easily achieve their objectives and get products to market faster and with greater reliability.
In Part 2 of our exclusive eBook, An Engineer’s Guide to Low Volume Injection Molding, written by Ronald Hollis, Ph.D., P.E., you’ll learn the step by step process used to make molds, including:
- Mold Manufacturability Design
- Halve Machining
- Halve Fitting
- And Mold Installation
Now considered a nearly indispensable technology in the iterative development process, LVIM has significantly evolved over the years, becoming more and more sophisticated with the growth and wider use of CAD and CAM technologies. A vital section of the U.S. economy, plastics manufacturing accounted for roughly $373 billion in shipped goods in 2012, and about $10 billion in industry expenditure in that same year.
Consider LVIM’s wider economic impact:
- Injection Molding facilities can be found in all 50 states, culminating in about 16,000 facilities nationwide, resulting in about 1.4 million jobs nationwide.
- 107.5 billion pounds of plastics were manufactured in 2013, an increase of 1.6 billion pounds from 2012
- Plastics manufacturing has increased by an average 0.1 percent over the last 25 consecutive years
- And consumption of plastic materials rose to 5.7 percent between 2011 and 2012
Crafting an LVIM remains one of the most fascinating and engaging processes through which a manufacturer economically brings concept to reality. Become part of the process – or solidify your knowledge – today. The world is waiting to see what you make next.