How To Make A Mold For Plastic Injection

How To Make A Plastic Mold For Plastic Injection

If you want to learn how to make a plastic mold for plastic injection, be prepared for a concentrated effort! The skill required to build plastic injection molds is considerable and you must be prepared to diligently apply yourself, for quite a lengthy period of time.

However, if you are truly motivated and have basic machining skills, it is entirely possible to learn how to make a mold for plastic injection own.

You will, of course, need to learn about CNC milling, EDM machining, mold polishing, WEDM, CAD mold design and mold assembly. Many community colleges have evening programs where you can work, plus they have textbooks to teach you.

Learn how to make a mold for plastic injection

Generally, in the United States anyway, you must take classes, either at a technical college, or a night school. This is done in combination with working as an apprentice, usually for 4 additional years.

Personally, I completed a 2-year full-time course at a very good technical college in Minnesota. During this time I worked as a machinist in local shops. This is a great way to learn how to make a mold for plastic injection.

Upon graduation, I was hired as an apprentice Plastic mold maker. Because I had finished my classes, I was not required to take any evening courses. After registering with the state, we had periodic inspections of the type of apprentice work I was doing.

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Probably this was to ensure that nobody was taking advantage of me and that I was receiving the agreed upon training. It also ensured that my pay was increasing over time, until I reached the “journeyman” level.

Skills needed to learn how to make a mold for plastic

 Listening

 Thinking

 Watching

 Imagining

 Milling

  Lathe work

  Grinding

 Drilling

 Geometry

 Trigonometry

 CAD

  Design

  Polishing

 Assembly

 Wiring

  Overtime

 EDM

WEDM

 CNC Milling

 Inspection

Time and space would not allow for anyone to attempt to explain how to make plastic molds for plastic injection on a website. It could be done as an ebook, though I have never seen one. There are several good books that explain the process in great detail, and, of course, there are textbooks available.

The best way to learn how to make a mold for plastic injection is to become an apprentice. If you already are an apprentice, you can learn a great deal from plastics journals, such as Mold making Technology and EDM Today.

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