Nano Mold Coating

What is Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing scientific and engineering disciplines worldwide. It is currently being used in fields such as bioscience, medicine, engineering, pharmacology, material sciences, and defense to name a few. Nanotechnology involves the engineering of functional devices or systems by controlling matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Scientists now have the ability to manipulate the atomic structure of the very molecules that make up the materials in the world around us. This ability means virtually limitless possibilities and enormous growth potential for the improvement of existing products as well as the invention of new materials and products. Nanotechnology deals with structures of 1 to 100 nanometers in size, and refers to the ability to tailor make materials or devices within that size in an effort to manufacture high performance products. A nanometer is a unit of measurement that is one billionth of one meter. By comparison a single human hair is approximately 80,000 nanometers in width. To put this into further perspective consider that a nanometer is to a golf ball what the golf ball is to the size of the earth. Unusual properties arise in materials at the nanoscale. These properties may differ in very important ways from the properties of bulk materials at the macro scale. Exciting improvements can be made to materials based on the discovery of these new properties. The very structure of these materials can be changed and improved through nanotechnology. For example the plastics industry has embraced the use of nano materials to provide plastics with greater conductivity, increased strength, flexibility and durability, and unique surface characteristics, etc… Other nanoscale materials can be used in thin films to make them anti-reflective, self-cleaning, ultraviolet or infrared-resistant, antifog, anti-microbial, scratch-resistant, electrically conductive, anti-stick, water-repellent (hydrophobic) and oil-repellant (oleophobic). NanoMoldCoating® is one of these innovative new polymer films.

Flash Free Molding, Part 3

In this article we will get into issues with tool design with shut-offs, parting line maintenance, and where the machine can contribute to flash. First, I would like to briefly go over how to define flash. Flash at times can be difficult to eliminate, and many will...

Designing Molds for Maintenance & Cleaning

When it comes to designing the mold for a product, there are many factors that have to be taken into account.  Part design. materials used for the parts, production volumes, and the list goes on and on.  A couple of areas that also need to be considered in the very...

Designing Molds for Maintenance & Cleaning

When it comes to designing the mold for a product, there are many factors that have to be taken into account.  Part design. materials used for the parts, production volumes, and the list goes on and on.  A couple of areas that also need to be considered in the very...

Nano Coating Infographic!

The infographic below is from our friends at Economy Glass in Australia.  It does a nice job of explaining nano coatings, and their impact on manufacturing. Check it out:...

Addressing Build-Up In Your Molds

There are many potential contributors to in-mold build up.  But the impacts that build up can have on your part and your workflow can be significant.  Things like sticking, gloss issues, and visual defects are not a positive for molders in today’s competitive...

Design Considerations for In Press Maintenance

Increased productivity and efficiency is a primary goal for almost any molding operation.  Performing in mold maintenance is one way to achieve those goals. Obviously, there are a myriad of factors and considerations regarding design setup and maintenance while the...

Injection Mold Tooling – Dealing with Lifters

There are many variables and impacts that lifters can have on your molding process and final parts.  Randy Kerkstra recently published an article at the Plastics Technology site (ptonline.com) that went into more detail on lifters and was a continuation of his...

Hydraulic Driven Slides

Using Hydraulic Driven Slides In Injection Molding With the increasing complexity of molds and the parts that they produce, injection molders are forced to maximize the productivity of each tool. In his continuing discussion on hydraulics over on the...

Injection Mold Tooling: Clearing Up The Mysteries Of Mold Texture

Texture is an area within injection molding that is often poorly understood, and rarely addressed.  In this recent article on Plastics Technology, Randy takes the issue head on, dispelling many common myths and explaining the various factors of gloss and texture. He...