How the Overmolding Process Works in Creating All Types of Products
One unique way of making your manufactured product more appealing to use is to add one or more layers of plastic or rubber to make it easier or more comfortable to hold. It’s a specialized type of injection molding that allows more options in creating a product that has mass appeal in the market.
Choosing Your Substrate or Base Material
The overmolding process with injection molding starts by choosing a substrate, which is the base material used that will eventually be coated with one or more plastic materials. It can be a piece of plastic, wire, metal rod, screw or something as complex as a metal tool. Your choice in the substrate will have everything to do with what you’re trying to create and what the molding process will provide, whether it’s protection, flexibility, grip or another feature.
Adding the Right Material to Cover Portions or All of the Substrate
Padding a metal part for better grip or comfort is one feature that is desired when using the overmolding method of product creation. Power tools with soft, firm surfaces to grip are desirable by a buying public. Firm plastic handles for screwdrivers or toothbrushes are a necessary component to good design.
Multiple Layers of Plastic or Rubber
The overmolding method can incorporate the use of more than one material over the substrate. It can be done in layers to achieve the desired finished product. You can add a plastic material over a metal substrate and then finish with a rubber grip handle. It provides many options for creating products people will love to purchase and use.
Call on the injection molding specialists at Vision Plastics Inc to find out more about what this type of plastic manufacturing can do for your business.