We see some interesting things with the injection molds that come across our plate. From parts sticking to galling, there are a lot of issues that can kill mold performance. The good news, surface coatings for injection molds can solve many of these issues. Let’s take a look at common Issues we use surface coatings
Does cleaning an injection mold benefit performance? How do you clean an injection mold? And can you cause damage by cleaning too much? All great questions that we’ll answer here. For a little expert insight, I sat down with Steve Johnson, President and Founder of MoldTrax, to talk about tips and advice on mold cleaning.
We’re always testing the boundaries of what’s possible with surface modification. From Injection Molds to semiconductors, we coat products subjected to a range of harsh conditions. One area that presents a wealth of opportunity—where we’re extensively testing and a little bit obsessed—is 3D printing. Surface modification is proving to be a game-changer for products in need
Vacuum coatings are used to protect everything from medical tools to aerospace parts. They help objects resist wear, friction, harsh chemicals, and heat so they’ll last longer. Unlike other protective coatings, thin-film deposition (vacuum) coatings don’t bring unwanted side-effects – Other coating techniques run the risk of knocking a tool out of tolerance or adding
For many injection mold companies, electroplating is the way coatings have always been done. Companies in the U.S. have worked since the 1800s to hone electroplating processes and today it’s one of the most popular injection mold coatings available. It increases abrasion resistance and has high hardness when done right. However, you may be missing
Sizing up two heavyweights in the coating world. The right injection mold coating can save a company hundreds of thousands of dollars. It makes an injection mold more corrosion-proof, durable, and assists in part release. That’s important, because it’s essential that a mold both last and maintain efficiency once coated. Knowing this begs the question:
Don’t you hate it when you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on mold design and fabrication, you think through every possible issue and then a part still gets hung up in the tool? We understand. It’s these issues that keep our technical team working late to improve mold coatings. Release coatings are necessary to
The layered detail of ALD… Atomic Layer Deposition (“ALD”), a method of thin film deposition, has become popular due to its ability to create a durable surface with high levels of control over thickness, composition, and conformality. Although the method has been around for decades, the more recent need to coat increasingly complex 3D surfaces