Do you have an idea for a molded plastic part that you would like to create for your company? One of the simplest ways to bring that idea to life is to use a process called dip molding. Dip molding can be utilized to create everything from medical connectors to spring reinforced tubes out of materials like plastisol. And when you work with a company like Piper Plastics, you can move from concept to prototype to production in the blink of an eye.
So how does the development process actually work for a dip molded product?
We’re glad you asked, because it’s not nearly as difficult to understand as some people might think it is. We follow a set of steps to do it in order to deliver the best quality possible when it comes to producing your parts. But those steps are easy to follow and won’t take much time at all.
At the beginning of the process, you will bring your initial idea for a plastic part to Piper Plastics and tell us exactly what you have in mind. From there, we will take your idea and create a sketch of the mandrel that will be used to create your parts. We will then engineer a prototype mandrel using a CAD program for you to approve. Once you’re happy with the design of the mandrel, we will have our machinists fabricate it out of metal.
When we finish the prototype mandrel, we will then test it out by dipping it into different colors, materials, and thicknesses based upon our initial discussion with you so that you can get a sense of what the parts will look like. If any adjustments need to be made to the mandrel, we can take care of them at this point.
Once you’re 100 percent satisfied with how the parts look, we can move on to the creation of production tooling. Using what we learned from the prototype phase, we will create other mandrels that can be used to produce your finished part using the proper materials. When all the production tooling is at Piper, we will initiate a “pilot run” that will allow us to create a batch of parts to make sure you’re satisfied with your new products.
As soon as everything looks good, and you approve us moving forward, we can move on to a more wide-scale production and create as many parts as you need.
In addition to dip molding, Piper Plastics can also provide you with a process called dip coating.
Dip coating involves adding a coating over an existing part like a tool. During this process, you will be asked to send over a sample part, which we will then cover with several different materials to see which you like best. We can set you up with free coated samples, so you can decide which coating looks and feels right on your part.
The great thing about dip molding and dip coating is that it’s easy to use either process when you work with Piper Plastics. Just bring us an idea and we’ll use all the tools available to us to make sure that idea is turned into a reality. We have CAD programs like SolidWorks that allow us to create quality parts and coatings. Call us at 800-966-9919 today to get started!