This is a guideline for typical projects from start to finish. Every project is unique and may not follow this process exactly or require all steps.
Our team of engineers will work with you to transform ideas or concepts into 3D models. During this process designs are optimized for mold making, injection molding, assembly, packaging and mass production.
Design consideration accounts for:
Prototyping helps to verify the design and show areas of improvement needed before the product goes into full production; prototyping is an inexpensive way to avoid costly mistakes. At Alta Injection Molding, we use a combination of 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC machinging to produce functional and realistic prototypes.
Once a part has been designed, a flow simulation is performed to determine flow characteristics. This will help us better understand the injection process of the part and will help eliminate potential issues before the mold is manufactured.
Flow simulation is used to predict and optimize:
Engineers and machinists work together to design a cost effective mold that will produce the parts to client specification. Mold design is a key step to ensure production remains efficient and cost effective.
Key areas addressed are:
Blocks of steel or aluminum are machined via CNC mill, CNC lathe, EDM (electric discharge machining) and manual mill/lathe to the specification of the mold design. Precision and fit are key to ensure the quality of the injection molded part(s).
A mold test is done when a new mold comes into production. Process parameters are optimized to produce a fast cycle time and a quality part.
12 injection machines ranging from 70 to 800 tonnes run 24 hours a day to keep up with client demand. Our production floor is equipped for packaging and assembly of products (if necessary). Orders can range from 500 parts to millions of parts every year.
Before any product leaves the facility it must meet a quality standard provided by the client. Each product is different, and quality controls are customized for each client.
That's how you go from humble idea to sellable product, the AIM way.