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About foam injection molding companies

Structural foam molding (SFM) is an injection molding process that is used to make strong, durable, and lightweight molded plastic products. Since it consumes fewer resources, structural foam molding is more efficient and less expensive than other injection molding processes while delivering similar results.

What is structural foam?
Structural foam is a combination of a base polymer resin and a foaming agent. The process is able to use quite a few different types of base polymer resins to produce finished structural foam products.

Since it is less dense than conventional types of injection-molded polymers, it would be natural to assume that structural foam is also less durable. However, foam molding results in plastics that are significantly more rigid than other solid materials.

Structural foam is a great alternative to wood, fiberglass, metal, or even concrete. Parts can be foamed that have features which thermoforming is not capable of molding.

How is structural foam part made?
Structural foam parts are made using a process that’s very similar to the process used to make other injection-molded plastics. However, a blowing agent is used to expand the material outwards. As a result, less pressure is involved which therefore requires less expensive tooling than injection molding.

This reduced pressure allows us to make foam molds that are much larger than parts we make with conventional polymer resins for a lower price. In fact, parts made with foam molding can weigh hundreds of pounds. Structural foam molding can also be used to produce multiple parts during a single production cycle.

 

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FAQ

Date:2021-8-10

FAQ/ Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

As a plastic mold and injection molding company in China, we prepared answers for following most frequent asked queries for you, for more queries are always be here for you.

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1. What info needed to get a correct mold quotation? How fast does it take to quote a project?

1)2D or 3D product drawing is needed for a mold quote;

2) If special requirement on mold steel, mold life, cavity quantity, hot runner requirement, part material, forecasted year quantity. Complete information will help to a most suitable cost effective, value added mold solution.

3) Normally take 2 working days to quote a new mold project seriously, and expedite quote is also available.

 

 

2. What’s the payment condition in TKB Mold?

1) New customer for mold: T/T 50% deposit, 50% against sample approval.

2) Mold modification: 100% upon sample approval.

3) Injection molding parts: 50% deposit, 50% before shipment.

4) VIP customer special terms: to be negotiated.

 

 

3. What’s the price terms/freight TKB mold will offer?

  • Normally TKB will offer ex-work TKB price for injection mold and plastic parts.
  • Free mold trial shotting samples free of charge and with freight to collect.
  • VIP customer special terms: to be negotiated.

 

 

4. What’s lead-time for a plastic mold and injection molding processes?

  • Injection mold lead-time counted from mold drawing approval and receipt of deposit to first mold trial(T1), and the difficulty of the molds determines how much time is needed, normally 20 to 60 days.
  • Injection molding lead-time counted from sample approval and receipt of deposit to production finish, order quantity determines how much time is needed, normally 7 to 15 days.

 

 

5. Will TKB send DMF to customer?

Yes,TKB Mold will send DFM (design for manufacturing) analysis and even mold flow analysis prior to the start of mold construction for customer review/approval.

 

 

6. Will TKB send mold design for approval?

After DMF approval, TKB will send the mould design for approval, and TKB will not start steel-cut before getting customers written approval of mold design.

 

 

7. How many plastic samples will be free provided?

TKB normally would provide 10~20 shots first mold trial shooting samples with gate(if have) free of charge according to the size of the parts, it would be freight to collect.

 

 

8. Which side provides plastic resin for injection mold trial?

TKB can provided plastic resin, if needed customer can provide the plastic resin the same.

 

 

9. How to make sure of quality before shipment?

shipment can be arranged only after TKB QC inspection PASS, or customer QC inspection PASS, or third-party inspection PASS if required. And TKB will always be there to provide full support.

 

 

10. How will TKB keep record of all mold data.

TKB will keep record of all final approved 2D, 3D mold drawing, modifications document, and send to customer for file to avoid future confusion in case engineering change is needed.

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