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Plastic Injection Molding

zacmiller's Avatar

Good Morning EN! I am 22 years old and i am looking for anyone in the Plastic Injection Molding Business. I am trying to learn the process and would really just like to talk to people that may do it everyday! One of My first questions would be, how did you get into the business? How hard is it to start a plastic injection molding company? How do you go about getting contracted work? How and where do you get your raw plastic materials? The main reason for this post is because I would like to find out as much as I can. I am interested to start a business who’s main goal is to keep manufacturing " MADE IN THE USA!" thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from people!
Zac

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brainstream's Avatargold

Hey Zac…If I were looking for that kind of information, I would google plastic injection molding trade associations or forums for the industry. Give that a try maybe…

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reed.thegrinch's Avatar

Zac, There are a number of books available on amazon for plastic injection tech…some pretty pricy. Because you live in Ohio I would guess there are a few plastic injection companys near you that manufacture for the automotive industry…depending on your work situation, you might consider hiring on to one of thier shifts and learn by doing…

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marcpierre's Avatar

A very high capital investment is required just to start a molding business. The cost of machines are high too. Whenever you’ll start, just do it with a good money in your hand.

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I ran an injection molding machine for a company for a year, many years ago. Think equipment, equipment, equipment. Lots of finishing touches. We made parts for AT&T and Eli Lilly, among others. I also ran a laser etcher, industrial size, where the cooling system was bigger than the machine. The time and costs operating, building, and maintaining the machines is astronomical ! If you like machining or putting things together it might be a good fit, for you. However, sitting there waiting 45 seconds between each fill, is very monotonous, very boring. And you have to stay with the machine constantly, because the machine will either over heat or breakdown if it isn’t kept operating till all the parts are filled. Some machines were ran 24 hrs a day forever.
My best answer is that I’m with Karl, get a job working at a plant and see if it’s your thing.
Hey Karl! Haven’t seen ya on here in a while!
Wow Karls post was 11 months ago!

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marcpierre's Avatar

I agree with Todd. Look up any related associations in your area (state usually). I gathered some good intell here.

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bigtrike7001's Avatar

Hey Zach look up Ohio idea foundry in Columbus it is a hacker site. They have membership classes etc. They teach molding and 3d printing

Patric J
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bigtrike7001's Avatar

Correction Columbus idea foundry

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sunto's Avatar

I was hoping to have a product made in the USA but costs made it fall into China’s laps . Us buyers seem to be driven by price not much difference here. For what it is worth the moulding game is for the big boys with deep pockets big setup costs and overheads .

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rholo7's Avatar

You may want to look into CNC machining as well. I worked as a molding machine operator for a couple of years. I also ran a pad printing machine (that was fun). We ran clear and tinted polycarbonates (plastics). Interesting work.

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sampeacock22's Avatar

I have good experience in plastic injection molding business. In Plastic product design and development, first you need to understand about plastic. You should be aware about its pros and cons, and also have the knowledge to bridge the gap between your idea and a molded product.

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sampeacock22's Avatar

Hi,

We have also great experience in Plastic Injection Moulding. Firstly you should deep knowledge about Plastic industry like as how it works and which product is best to use. You should also need to know about Moulding Machines and their cost.
Then you can start your business and get well success!

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sidhanth's Avatar

Hi Zac

I have good  experience in dealing with Plastic Injection Moulding, first you research what ways you have like primary and secondary research methods like visiting existed plastic injection moulding companies and grab practical knowledge and build your budget according to the size of your company.

Thankyou

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crystaldiane's Avatar

Try using an outsouce company..like makers row to match up your project to your needs. Thry focus on usa based manufacturers.

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