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Please see below for answers to questions we are frequently asked. Alternatively, view our other help pages
Q: Which method is most suitable for my part, injection moulding or vacuum forming ?
A: This depends on your part. As a guide - use vacuum forming if parts thickness is uniform, A4 paper size or more & the annual quantities needed are low (10-5000) OR use injection moulding if parts wall thickness differs, is less than A4 paper size & annual quantities needed are medium-high (1000-100,000+)
Q: My part/s have been drawn on CAD, would the CAD files be of use to you ?
A: Yes! We can use them to carry out a quote, create tool drawing/s & even make mould tools saving you both time and money - DXF, DWG, IGES, Pro-Engineer & SolidWorks are all usable.
Q: Is it possible to have e.g. product identifiction, text instructions or logos on my parts ?
A: This is possible for both vacuum forming & injection moulding and can be achieved in a number of ways. Text or logos can be engraved on mould tools so as to be either recessed or stood up on the injection moulding or vacuum forming, or it can be hot foil or pad printed on the parts after moulding or forming.
Q: I need the mouldings to have a particular finish, is this possible ?
A: This depends where you need the finish, but if OK, matt, gloss, or various textured finishes are available.
Q: If I place an order, can I then call off the mouldings in several deliveries at a later date ?
A: We'll make your annual mouldings requirement¹ stock them then deliver as required upto 12 months from your order date, thus reducing downtimes, setup+stock holding costs (¹=Not always available-large mouldings)
Q: I need a quote for plastic parts quickly, what information do you need ?
A: Complete an Enquiry Form & we'll send you a Brochure Pack & Express Quote Request Form listing all the information we need OR e-mail a digital camera image with sizes, qty's etc OR simply contact us.
Q: I've an idea for vacuum forming or injection moulding but no CAD data - How do I get to the next stage ?
A: We can turn your idea into 3d designs & on your approval, make finalised designs & models, all at set prices
Q: Before making mould tools can you produce test part/s for me to try in my assembly ?
A: Yes ! We can create or use your CAD models to make stereolithographic model/s for you. If needed, these can be used to make 10-20 vacuum cast models in a resin close to the final moulding material.
Q: I need the finished mouldings to have metal inserts in, is this possible ?
A: Yes, inserts can be put in the finished mouldings during or after the moulding process. We can also encapsulate parts and even produce mouldings inside metal parts ( view examples ).
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Q: Which type do you recommend, steel mould tools or alloy mould tools ?
A: As a guide - If you need millions of very complex mouldings, have few cost restraints, or need a tool with mechanisms which constantly rub against each other to make the mouldings, steel mould tools are best. If you need 100 - 500,000 simple to complex mouldings on a budget & quickly, alloy mould tools are best. Please note that we can also make tools from a combination of alloy & steel.
Q: I've got existing mould tools - Can you fit them in your machines & make parts for me now ?
A: Yes, and we can even adapt your existing Manumold mould tools to run automatically in our machines
Q: Do you make mould tools for other companies to mould from ?
A: Yes, as long as the part/s are within our moulding capacity & thus we're able to prove mould tools although we do prefer to make the mouldings as well. We do also modify and repair existing mould tools.
Q: My parts need protection from static & transit damage. Can you help ?
A: We can make you antistatic standard & custom trays by vacuum forming or conductive plastic mouldings
Q: Can you produce mouldings in different colours & materials ?
A: Yes, mouldings can be made in clear materials, a range of standard colours or a specific colour to match a mating part ( view examples ), but they would cost more than the same parts in their base material colour.
Different materials are also possible & we've experience of :- ABS, CAB & CAP, EVA, HDPE & LDPE, PA6 6.6 10 11 & 12, PBT & PET, PC &  PC/ABS, PES, POM, PMMA, PP, PPO & PPS, PS, PVC, PVDF, SAN, TPE & TPR.
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