The Leading Automotive Plastic Injection Molding Company in the Southeast
When you need custom plastics for use in cars, trucks, and other vehicles, rely on Advanced Plastiform, Inc. Since 1988, automotive manufacturers and parts manufacturers have turned to our automotive plastic injection molding company because we’re dedicated to providing optimal service from design to delivery. We offer low per-unit costs and fast lead times for injection molded plastics without ever compromising durability, quality, accuracy, and consistency.
Our Automotive Injection Molding Process
At Advanced Plastiform, Inc., we have an experienced, knowledgeable team, including product designers, plastics engineers, and manufacturers all working together to ensure you get the custom molded plastic components and automotive parts you need. We’ll sit down with you to discuss the specifications of your project, including the product you need, how it will be used, the quantity, and other important details. Using this information, we can help you decide whether automotive thermoforming or automotive injection molding is the best option, as well as the right thermoplastic to use.
With the details finalized, we can then produce a highly detailed three-dimensional model of the product and print it out with our innovative 3D printing technology to create and test a prototype. Our team will work with you to make any necessary adjustments, troubleshoot any concerns, and look for opportunities to improve the design.
Once the prototype is complete and has your approval, we can move to the tooling phase, where we design the complex, double-sided injection molds used to shape and form the products, parts, or components. Because automotive plastic injection molding requires precision and perfection, we will also produce temporary tooling to determine the proper pressure needed, troubleshoot any concerns with the mold, and ensure the end result is accurate to the design and product prototype.
Finally, working with the leading tooling manufacturers both domestically and overseas, we will commission the final tooling design, and once it arrives, we are able to begin the plastic injection molding process for your automotive parts. Thermoplastic material is heated to a liquid and, using injectors able to produce up to 610 tons of pressure, the melted plastic is injected into the cavity, coating the interior of the mold and filling it to capture every detail, corner, and angle. After the plastic cools, it is ejected from the injection mold and is sent for any finishing tasks, including sanding, painting, or assembly.
Thermoplastics Used in Automotive Injection Molding
Choosing the right material for your automotive plastic components is essential to how effective they are. Our team will help you choose the best material from our selection of thermoplastics:
- ABS – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
- HMWPE – High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
- HIPS – High Impact Polystyrene
- TPO – Polyvinyl Chloride
- PP – Polypropylene
- PC – Polycarbonate
- PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride
Injection Molded Automotive Parts
The most common plastic parts produced for the auto industry through our injection molding services include:
- Radio and air conditioning knobs and dials
- Door handles
- Air vents
- Floor rails
- Under-the-hood parts and components
Why Choose Custom Automotive Plastic Injection Molding
The automotive industry is choosing custom plastics over metal or ceramic parts at a higher rate than ever because today’s engineering-grade resins and polymers are lightweight, durable, and high-performing, able to withstand extreme heat and friction. By using plastics, vehicles have improved fuel efficiency, are less expensive to produce, and the exterior elements are more impact and scratch-resistant to their ceramic or metal counterparts.
Because the double-sided tooling used for automotive plastic injection molding is more complex, it has a longer lead time than thermoforming, usually 16 to 20 weeks rather than 14 weeks. However, there are several benefits to choosing injection molding automotive parts.
High Volume Orders
In order to withstand mass-producing plastic car parts, our tooling is made from heavy gauge steel, aluminum, or beryllium-copper alloy. Whether you need a single, high-volume production run or multiple orders, being able to re-use the injection mold significantly reduces the per-unit cost of your plastic parts.
Once the automotive injection mold is ready for use, this process allows for rapid manufacturing. There’s minimal, if any waste, so once the plastic parts are out of the mold, they can be finished or assembled as needed.
Complex or Advanced Component Designs
Plastic automotive parts are often incredibly detailed with varying thicknesses, raised edges, and sharp corners or angles. An injection mold allows for these details in a way that can’t be obtained through other production processes.
Body panels and large pieces can be formed through thermoforming, but knobs, dials, and other small automotive components are more easily produced through injection molding because we can create multi-cavity molds to speed up the manufacturing processes.
Choose Advanced Plastiform, Inc. for Your Custom
At Advanced Plastiform, Inc., we have over 30 years of experience in producing plastic parts used in both automotive or aftermarket applications. With an experienced team, connections with the leading tooling manufacturing companies, and state-of-the-art injection molding equipment including presses that offer up to 610 pounds of pressure, you can feel confident that your custom automotive plastics, parts, and components will exceed your expectations.
Areas We Serve
We ship custom automotive parts across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region, ensuring fast delivery to the following states:
- North Carolina including Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, and Asheville
- South Carolina including Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville
- Georgia including Atlanta, Augusta, and Savannah
- Pennsylvania including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton
- Maryland including Baltimore and the Washington D.C. area
- Virginia including Richmond and Norfolk
- Tennessee including Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga
Get A Free Quote for Automotive Injection Molding
If you need plastic car parts or would like to learn more about how we serve the automotive industry, reach out to us today!