The Basics of Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM)
Have you ever wondered how the latest styles of automobiles came to be?
The next time you drive or ride in a car, you’ll notice much of the interior consists of plastic. The molding around the entertainment center, the steering wheel, and more all consist of plastic.
Take a look at the exterior. The headlights and bumpers? In many models, they consist of, you guessed it, plastic.
But plastic automotive molding is relatively new.
Automobiles before the 1970s used metal for everything. This made them heavy and clunky.
It wasn’t until the 1940s and 1950s when the plastics started booming. By the 1970s, vehicles started using lightweight plastic for decorative elements. It wasn’t until the 1980s that some exterior elements started to use plastics.
The 2000s welcomed the use of plastics for structural parts making vehicles lighter and more fuel-efficient.
Today, automotive molding is an efficient way to manufacture plastic components for vehicles. Here are the types and advantages of auto molding.
How Automotive Molding Works
Injection molding is one of the most popular processes of automotive electronic molding. Its uses range from forming car parts and cell phones to toys and storage containers.
Injecting molding uses an injection machine to create a foam or plastic molding. To use it, you feed plastic powder or granular into the machine which heats it into molten plastic.