Thermoset Injection Molding Process
Thermoset injection molding is an automated process transforming granular material into molded shapes that Thriarr polymers has been performing since the company’s inception. It typically is the most economical way to mold thermoset materials.
Thermosets are materials that cure through a chemical reaction activated by heat and pressure, thus forming a strong molecular bond. This molecular bonding enables thermoset materials to maintain their physical properties at elevated temperatures which is why they are used in applications such as electrical connector housings, automotive ashtrays, and cookware appliance handles and knobs.
The thermoset injection molding process begins by adding granular or pelletized material to a hopper. The material is gravity fed into a barrel and screw, which heats and moves the material toward the mold. The material is injected into a hot mold which has been clamped shut under enough force to keep the mold together while the material is forced into the cavity under high pressure. The plastic flows through a runner system in the mold to reach all the cavities. When the mold cavities are filled, the parts cure to a solid form. The mold then opens for part removal, and some parts simply drop into a box, while others are removed by hand or automated equipment.