Mould tools are used throughout a number of industries to help shape plastics. They are usually made of pre-hardened steel, hardened steel or aluminium. Two sides of metal come together perfectly and, inside, is a moulded space. Plastic is injected into this space and the two sides of metal and firmly shut. Once the plastic has cooled, the two pieces of metal are prised apart and the moulded product will be released.
It is generally believed that steel mould tools are the best if you need countless complex mouldings and have a strong budget. If you require 100 to 500,000 simple to complex mouldings quickly and also have a limited budget alloy mould tools are most suitable. You can also have mould tools comprised of both materials.
Delivery time on mould tools can be anything from a few weeks to several months depending on the size and complexity. Mould tools are highly engineering and precision pieces of equipment that take a lot of expert hours to produce. Furthermore, due to CAM and CAD, mould tooling costs have reduced over the years.
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GTMA Featured Company Toolmaker of the Year – 2018 & 2016 Faulkner Moulds has 35 years’ experience of high quality toolmaking and product design. Awarded ‘Toolmaker of the Year’ in 2016 and 2018, customer comments about our work have included, “Genius” and “Exemplary”. We specialise in creating technically complex tooling solutions, designed for manufacture. […]
Pentagon Plastics provides extensive services to plastic injection moulders as your centre of excellence for mould tool servicing, repair, modification, pre-production development and production mould tools. Through our generous machine selection, we also provide a subcontract machining service. Based in Horsham, West Sussex our UK engineering business offers a wealth of technical knowledge and experience. […]
All three companies have grown from small beginnings – founded on a passion for engineering, manufacturing and customer service – and continue to grow in size and capability, offering a comprehensive solution for engineering and manufacturing. As the CSS group is based in the same location they can work independently or complimentary to one another depending on the project. Investment Casting Systems Ltd (ICS) […]
Lawday design and manufacture tooling for many applications including Mould Tools, Jigs & Fixtures, Clip Tools, Press Tools, Prototype Tooling and Ancillary Machinery. In this time we have evolved into one of Britain’s leading exponents in the manufacture of tooling for our broad network of metal foundries responsible for […]
In November 2009 the Government launched the UK Composites Strategy. This highlights the importance of composites to the future of UK manufacturing and the Government’s plans for ensuring that the UK has the means to succeed in intensely competitive global markets. A key part of this strategy is the establishment of the National Composites Centre (NCC), […]
Thomas Keating has been involved in toolmaking for nearly 70 years and was proud to have received the Queens Award for Enterprise for International trade in 2012. The company is a mould tool manufacturer with a reputation for accuracy and attention to detail. We make single and multi cavity tools for complex and technical mouldings […]
Welcome to Fenton Precision Engineering Ltd the UK market leaders for design, precision tool making and injection moulding services. Located centrally in the UK our headquarters are located in Northampton with a second satellite manufacturing site at Market Harborough. Founded in the early 1970’s we have over 45 years’ experience manufacturing precision injection mould tooling. […]
GTMA FEATURED COMPANY ND Precision Products: A First Amongst Equals Based in Barnstaple, Devon, ND Precision Products is marking its 40th Anniversary with a number of positive actions. Having taken on three new staff from nearby TE Connectivity (formally Tyco Electronics) to cope with the demand for its precision engineering services, the company has also […]
Overview A R Winter Tooling is a modern design & engineering business based in Rochester, Kent. We design and manufacture both large and small tooling systems, checking & Assembly fixtures for the Automotive, Aerospace and Renewable Energy industries of which are a major aspect of our business. Capabilities and Skill Set We specialise in machining a […]
With a collective goal to make the Omega Plastics Group the most advanced and technically competent toolmaker and plastic injection moulding company, our three North East facilities are occupied with professional and knowledgeable engineers who are ready to provide you with a high quality service using the latest machinery and technology. Through recognition and loyalty, […]