The process needs only simple aluminium tooling, shaped by machining or casting to the internal dimensions of the required moulding. It is because such tooling is inexpensive by comparison, for instance with injection moulding, that small and medium quantities can be produced economically. Complex shapes can be moulded allowing considerable design freedom.
The natural finish of the mouldings is smooth, glossy, textured or matt and shows no tool split lines. Plastic Mouldings is the principal custom dip moulder in Europe. We have been a leader in the development of the process and its applications for over 35 years. We have our own tool room from which we develop concept prototypes and manufacture production tooling.
A substantial number of our employees have worked with us for over 35 years. Consequently, a major asset of our company and available to our customers, is a reservoir of specialised technical know-how about the process of dip moulding.
Our quality assurance procedures have been approved by all of our major customers, who include leading names in the automotive, electrical and mechanical engineering industries.
Plastic Casting is a variation of the dipping process generally employed for the manufacture of flat mouldings which require a raised or patterned design on one face only. Mouldings such as a tyre wheel can be cast with a surface detailed pattern on more than one face.
By using a hollow cavity tool, typical applications include floor or heel mats for medium quantity production cars and other specialist vehicles, non-slip mats for office machinery, retaining straps, foot pads for gymnasium equipment and many other applications where superior high definition and surface appearance is important.
Castings are manufactured in PVC. Moulding can be produced up to 1m x 1m and various thickness. Tooling is usually machined from aluminium and embodies the required pattern of the finish.
Most grades of plastisol can be used in the process. Colour matching services to customers’ specific requirements are formulated in our own laboratory.