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Plastic Mold Design Guidelines
The maximum part outline that can be molded is approximately 18.9 in. (480mm) by 29.6 in. (751mm) or roughly equivalent to 175 sq. in. (1,129 sq. cm.). A maximum part volume of approximately 59 cu. in. Depth up to 4 in. (101mm) from the parting line with 3 degrees of draft, or up to 8 in. (202mm) total if the parting line can pass through the middle of the part, inside and outside. Deeper parts are limited to a smaller outline.
A taper applied to the faces of the part that prevent them from being parallel to the motion of the mold opening is called draft. This keeps the part from being damaged due to scraping as the part is ejected out of the mold. Recommended draft:
0.5 degrees on all vertical faces is strongly advised.
2 degrees works very well in most situations.
3 degrees is minimum for a shutoff (metal sliding on metal).
3 degrees is required for light texture (PM-T1).
5 or more degrees is required for heavy texture (PM-T2).
Typically, Proto Labs can maintain a machining tolerance of ±.003 in. (0.08mm) with an included resin tolerance that can be greater than but no less than ±.002 in./in. (0.002mm/mm).
With injection-molded parts, observing proper (and uniform) wall thickness helps parts avoid potential issues such as sink marks and warpage. Recommended thicknesses vary by material:
|ABS||0.045 - 0.140|
|Acetal||0.030 - 0.120|
|Acrylic||0.025 - 0.500|
|Liquid crystal polymer||0.030 - 0.120|
|Long-fiber reinforced plastics||0.075 - 1.000|
|Nylon||0.030 - 0.115|
|Polycarbonate||0.040 - 0.150|
|Polyester||0.025 - 0.125|
|Polyethylene||0.030 - 0.200|
|Polyphenylene sulfide||0.020 - 0.180|
|Polypropylene||0.025 - 0.150|
|Polystyrene||0.035 - 0.150|
|Polyurethane||0.080 - 0.750|
number of standard finishes are available for injection-molded parts at
Proto Labs. Our current finishes include non-cosmetic, low-cosmetic and
EDM finishes; bead-blast texturing; and high-end mold polishing.
Standard finishes (from least to most costly):
|PM-F0:||Non-cosmetic: finish to Protomold discretion|
|PM-F1:||Low-cosmetic: most toolmarks removed|
|PM-F2:||Non-cosmetic: Protomold discretion, EDM finish and/or toolmarks permissible|
|SPI-C1:||600 grit stone, 10-12 Ra|
|PM-T1:||Protomold texture, SPI-C1 followed by light bead blast|
|PM-T2:||Protomold texture, SPI-C1 followed by medium bead blast|
|SPI-B1:||600 grit paper, 2-3 Ra|
|SPI-A2:||Grade #2 Diamond Buff, 1-2 Ra|
*"PM" in the table signifies a surface finish adjusted to fit the quick-turn injection molding process, where SPI (The Society of the Plastics Industry) denotes an industry-standard finish.
|≤ 8.419 in||≤ 2.377 in||≤ 2.900 in|
Proto Labs stocks hundreds of thermoplastic resins for injection molding that offer a variety of benefits for many different applications and industries. See full list of materials.