Below is a list of questions we are most commonly asked in respect of our services, please feel free to contact us via email or telephone if you require any further assistance.

  • WHAT IS INJECTION MOULDING?

    Injection moulding is an economical and highly efficient manufacturing process for producing parts from thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic materials. It can produce millions of parts with precisely the same shape, dimensions and quality. Material is fed into a heated barrel, mixed with a colorant, if required, and injected into a mould where it cools and hardens to the shape of the cavity. The mould is then opened and the part(s) ejected. A product is designed by an industrial designer or an engineer. Moulds are then made by a toolmaker from metal and precision-machined to create the characteristics of the required part. Some advantages of injection moulding are high production rates, repeatable high tolerances, the capacity to use a wide range of materials, low labour costs, minimum scrap losses and little need to finish parts once moulded, all of which enable low unit cost.
  • WHAT CAN INJECTION MOULDING BE USED FOR?

    Injection moulding can be used for producing a huge variety of components - bottle tops, mechanical parts, automobile components, computer and mobile phone components, musical instruments and parts, storage containers, medical parts, hooks, coat hangers, toys, etc - the list is endless!
  • WHAT IS HOT FOIL PRINTING?

    Hot foil printing is a highly effective and appealing way of printing designs, text and graphics onto moulded parts using a heated die and coloured foil but without the use of ink thereby eliminating drying times. This effect can be produced by using a wide variety of foil materials such as holographic, metallic, gloss and matt colours. The die comes into contact with the foil and places a thin layer of foil onto the moulding. When heat is added the foil adheres to the object leaving the required design.
  • WHAT IS PAD PRINTING?

    Pad printing is a form of printing that can transfer a 2D image onto a 3D object. Initially an image is etched into a flat printing plate and ink is then poured into the etch. A flexible silicone rubber pad picks up a film of ink from the plate and transfers it to the three dimensional part surface. Throughout this process the ink becomes tacky as solvent evaporates from the ink. The flexible silicone pad is able to pick up the image from the flat plate and transfer it to many surface shapes - e.g. concave, convex, spherical and cylindrical. By applying pressure the pad conforms to the surface shape and leaves the desired image on the object. This form of printing can be used on products including electronic components, sports equipment, toys, automobile parts, medical equipment and many others.
  • WHAT IS INSERT STAKING?

    Using thermal probes, brass or metal inserts are inserted into cavities moulded into the component. Heat from the probe transfers through the insert and melts the plastic surrounding the insert so the insert becomes embedded in the component. This process can be used on a variety of products including fasteners, hinge plates, pivots and hubs to name but a few.
  • HOW DO I PROCEED WITH MY PROJECT?

    Initially we would produce a 3D drawing of your proposed product for you, if you have not already got one. If you are happy with the design we could get an SLA model made so that you can actually try the product. Providing the SLA is satisfactory to you we would initiate production tooling. After the tool is complete we would sample the mould and check the mouldings for size, colour, function etc. If necessary we would make any tooling adjustments required and then resample. Once you are satisfied that the sample meets your exact requirements we would proceed to manufacture your product.
  • WHAT IS AN SLA?

    Stereolithography/SLAs are used in the research and design stages of a product. This is a rapid way to produce one part and takes approximately 1-3 days. SLAs can subsequently be used for conformity of fit, size and function.
  • WHAT MATERIAL SHOULD I USE FOR MY PRODUCT?

    It is vital that the correct material is selected for your project. The composition of the material, its mechanical characteristics, moulding properties and obviously cost all need to be taken into consideration. With our expertise and knowledge we are able to give sound advice in respect of material choice.