Below are the most common injection mould tool types we can offer you, together a definition of what the tool can achieve & the projects it is suitable for, as well as a Cost Comparison.
We can offer you various mould tool options e.g. a family tool or separate automatic unscrewing tools, thus you can choose the type to match your project needs.
|Tool Type||Definition||Suitability / Comments|
|Core Pulling (Manual)||Makes parts with side holes & features, but needs machine operator to manually remove tool parts to get finished part||Low - medium quantities of more complex parts. Lower tool cost than automatic cp tool, higher moulding costs|
|Core Pulling (Automatic)||Contains mechanism to automatically produce holes & features in parts which otherwise could not be released from tool||Medium - high quantities of more complex parts. Higher tool cost than manual cp tool - moulding costs lower, larger amounts made quicker|
|Family||Makes several different shaped & sized parts to produce a set made in same material & colour||Low - medium quantities of kit type parts e.g. knife, fork & spoon set|
|Hot Runner||Uses heated tool parts so standard cavity feed not needed & only parts (no waste) are made||Medium - high quantities of parts needing lower costs. Higher tool cost than standard tool|
|Insert (Manual)||Makes parts with feature holes which enable metal inserts to be e.g. pushed in afterwards||Low - medium quantities. Cost benefits or losses depend on job|
|Insert (Semi-Auto)||Moulds around inserts put in tool by machine operator to make parts inc. metal inserts||Low - medium quantities. Cost benefits or losses depend on job|
|Multi Impression||Makes several identical parts||Medium - large quantities, higher tool cost than single impression, moulding costs lower, larger amounts made quicker|
|Overmould||Moulds around parts put in tool by machine operator to make final part e.g. shaver plug||Low - medium quantities of parts needing encapsulation|
|Single Impression||Makes one part only||Low quantities, tool cost lower than multi impression, higher moulding costs|
|Makes parts with screw thread/s, but machine operator needed to manually unscrew tool inserts to get finished parts||Low - medium quantities of screw threaded parts. Lower tool cost than automatic unscrewing tool, higher moulding costs|
|Contains mechanism to automatically make & unscrew parts with screw threads||Medium - high quantities of screw threaded parts. Higher tool cost than manual unscrewing tool - moulding costs lower, larger amounts made quicker|
|Universal||Gate position offset or moved to enable parts to be made in e.g. small machine & split position||All moulding quantities. Part & tool costs lower than standard due to machine efficiency|
|Upgradeable||Larger than if made to make e.g. just 1 part, only 1 or more impressions produce parts, with others blank, but upgradeable in future||Good for if moulding quantities are likely to increase in the future. Higher tool cost than if tool made to make e.g. just 1 part|