Commercial Tool and Die – An Overview of Blow Molding
You’ve heard of molding, injection molding, and all other manner of the craft, but there are some lesser known branches that many people aren’t aware of. The tool and die used to ensure that the craft is carried out correctly can meet many different needs depending upon the design and by now you know just how essential molding is to everything.
From making toys, to machine parts, and everything in between, you know that without molding, life would be a lot more difficult. One type of molding you might be unaware of however, is blow molding. What are blow molds? Why are they important? What do they do? These questions and more are probably running through your mind at this very moment but don’t worry, we’re going to address them at length in the following paragraphs.
Tool and Die – The Basics of Blow Molding
Before we get into the basics of blow molding let us ask you a questions: have you ever drank out of a soda bottle? We’re talking about the soda bottle you’d buy at the impulse line in your local supermarket, or the kind you would get out of a vending machine. They come in many different sizes, large and small, and they have become an integral part of our lives.
When you pick one up, however, the farthest thing from your mind is how they are made, and we’re proud to tell you that we’re going to change your thinking in that regard. Soda bottles are made through a process known as blow molding and it is a staple in the beverage industry.
While pop bottles are the most popular use, obviously, the method is also used commonly for medical devices as well as medical containers. It’s a pretty complex process, but it is highly useful. Blow molding is quite suitable for large quantities and will save you quite a bit of money in the long run – there’s no reason for you to avoid it.
Understanding Blow Molding
To understand the process you need to understand why it is referred to as ‘blow molding’. During this procedure a mandrel forms the inner cavity of the product and the mold is placed around it. To create the shape, the blow molding process comes into play. As the product is formed, the mandrel is rotated, and the plastic begins to conform. Finally, it is cooled and ejected, leaving you with the finished product. Let’s put it this way: it’s pretty cool to watch this precision tool and die at work.
The blow molding process is used on many different products. As you already know(because we told you), the process is used for pop bottles on a regular basis, but it is also used for a plethora of other products. Have you ever walked down the supplement aisle at your local grocery store? Believe it or not every single one of those bottles was made using the blow molding process, and with that in mind, you can see just how much this procedure has done to affect modern day commerce. It’s definitely something that you can use!
The description we have given you of blow molding is rudimentary at best but you now have a basic idea of how it works and how you can utilize it. PlastiMold is one company that you can count on for the best blow molding equipment, and you won’t even need develop your own molding solutions.
That being said, you’re going to save a lot of money in comparison to other companies that spend millions researching and developing their own blow molding tools. Our commercial tool and die along with our professional attitude guarantees that you’ll get the die you need to complete the job, bringing your business to the next level.