How It Works: Blow Molding

Blow molding is a manufacturing process in which air is used to inflate soft plastic into a mold cavity. It is a two part manufacturing process.  First a parison or starting tube of molten plastic is made and then the tube is inflated into the desired shape.  The parison is made either by extrusion or injection molding. The parison is placed in a mold cavity and inflated to take the shape of the mold.  Blow molding is used to make hollow plastic containers such as bottles,Read more

The Effect of Cryogenic Temperatures on Plastic Materials

Cryogenics is the study of the production and behavior of materials at very low temperatures.  An environment is considered cryogenic if it exhibits temperatures below -150°C.  Many modern industries use cryogenics in a wide variety of applications.  Some of these applications include cryogenic fuels, spacecraft hardware, machinery for medical and biosciences applications including freezers and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), particle accelerators, and superconducting magnets.  Curbell Plastics® recently published a white paper by Dr. Keith Hechtel on the effect of cryogenic temperatures on some common high performance plastics. Read more

6 Benefits of Plastic Components in the Medical Industry

Healthcare providers are always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance the quality of care patients receive while cutting costs.  Re-usable and antimicrobial plastic components are helping medical practitioners overcome adaptive challenges in the healthcare industry. These plastics are advantageous for a variety of reasons, including the benefits listed below.
1)      Fewer Infections
Antimicrobial plastic is helping stop the spread of diseases in hospitals all around the world.Read more

4 Reasons Why Flexible Materials Are Improving Product Packaging

There’s a massive shift going on right now in the world of product packaging, as more and more packaging converters are moving away from standard rigid materials such as paperboard and molded plastic and into flexible materials such as bags and pouches.
In fact, according to a recent “State of the U.S. Flexible Packaging Industry” report, which is conducted annually by the Flexible Packaging Association ( FPA), the industry on a domestic scale has regularly experienced year-after-year growth and currently stands at near $30 billion.Read more

Can 3D Printing Overtake Traditional Manufacturing Processes?

3D printing has been generating a lot of excitement in the last year but the technology’s future in industrial manufacturing is still unclear.  With technology advancing, the 3d printing industry grown quickly and can now print many different types of materials.  Yet, 3D printing has not replaced traditional subtractive machining or injection molding.  Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why.
1)      Aesthetic Quality
The use of 3D printing is not recommended when the end product needs to have a highly smooth, … Read more