Plastic injection molding is a manufacturing process that converts raw plastic material—in granular or pellet form—into molded parts and products. During such operations, the injection molding machine melts and injects the plastic into pre-designed molds. After a cooling period, the hardened plastic part is ejected from the mold and proceeds to further finishing operations or direct use.
By leveraging plastic injection molding technology, industry professionals create a wide range of molded components suitable for use in a diverse set of industries. In particular, the process offers several advantages that make it well-suited for use in the production of electronic parts and products.
Why Use Plastic Injection Molding for Electronics?
The plastic injection molding process is commonly employed for the manufacture of electronics for a number of reasons. These include:
While the initial investment cost for building a plastic injection mold can be high, the costs for materials are typically much lower when compared to other manufacturing methods. The process is especially cost-effective for high volume production orders.
Better part and process consistency
From part to part and between production runs, the injection molding process produces more consistent.
Broader material options
Using plastics for injection molding operations opens up a wealth of material options to industry professionals. The injection molding process accommodates a wide range of plastics of varying formulations, colors, and finishes to suit different part and production needs, including flexible vs. rigid, conductive vs. non-conductive, watertight, UV resistant, and more.
Applications of Plastic Injection Molding in the Electronics Industry
Injection molding finds application in the manufacture of electronic parts and products for a variety of industries, such as aerospace, appliances, automotive, communications, construction, military and defense, and packaging. Some typical end uses of injection molded electronics include:
- Cell phones
- Electronic connectors
- Laser printers
- Maritime electronic systems
- Meters, sensors, and other testing equipment
- Semiconductor processing equipment
- Telecommunications systems
Electronics Injection Molding Solutions From D&M Plastics
Founded in 1972, D&M Plastics is an experienced, ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certified provider of injection molding services. Armed with over five decades of industry experience and an injection molding facility equipped with 30 presses, a cleanroom, and a complete toolroom, our team has the knowledge and resources needed to meet our customers’ plastic injection molding needs with quality products and on-time delivery at a competitive price. Our injection molding capabilities include:
- Molding operations: cleanroom molding, overmolding, insert molding, inmold labeling
- Part orientations: vertical and horizontal
- Part tolerances: ±0.001 inches
In addition to serving the electronics sector, we also accommodate injection molding requests from customers of other industries, including aerospace, automotive, defense, and medical.
For additional information about our injection molding capabilities and how we serve the electronics industry, visit our molding capabilities page or contact us today. To partner with us on your next molded part project, request a quote from our experts. They are ready and willing to answer and address any questions or concerns you may have.