“Informed engineers always verify their design in LVIM to save money. For example, a medical equipment company spends $300,000 per year in SLM and then moves into LVIM to verify the part design, while an automotive company uses LVIM to verify the part design for its customer. Integrating production suppliers into the LVIM process helps everyone with the learning curve of manufacturing a part.”
Ronald Hollis, Ph.D., P.E.
Plastic injection molding is challenging. As a discipline, it offers a degree of unpredictability. No matter how well you design your part, the LVIM process will add other features, errors, and effects that you do not want. These tool design issues are the consequence of the innate limitations found in the LVIM process. Discovering that your trial plastic part has “annoying” anomalies is part of the high price of producing thousands of the parts fast.
In Part 3 of our exclusive eBook, An Engineer’s Guide to Low Volume Injection Molding, written by Ronald Hollis, Ph.D., P.E., you’ll learn:
- Proper planning and drafting, the essential first steps in functional part design;
- The role of effecient communication from design to finished product and;
- 16 key steps that will put you on the path to saving time and money today
It’s very expensive to change a mold requiring the addition of material in order to create a new feature. But if you follow the steps and advice found in this book, you will no doubt save time, money, and get your products to market faster.