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Polyethylene (PE) Injection Molding

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Polyethylene (PE) Injection Molding

For high-quality polyethylene (PE) parts, partner with an experienced manufacturer. Fathom can meet the requirements of your polyethylene injection molding project whether your job is time-sensitive, requires high precision, or is highly complex or short project run related. Injection molding is just one of many manufacturing technologies offered by Fathom. Get started today.

What is Polyethylene (PE)? / /

Polyethylene (PE) is one of the most popular thermoplastic polymers used in manufacturing. PE is used for various applications, from housewares to automotive components. There are multiple grades of polyethylene ranging from high density to low density. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) has a stiff crystalline structure and is used for construction parts. Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW) is dense with high tensile strength and is often used for high-performance equipment such as bulletproof vests. Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is flexible and used for packaging such as grocery bags. Linear Low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) is low-density polyethylene that has been blended to add tensile strength and flexibility. LLDPE is used for products such as pond liners.

Benefits of Polyethylene Injection Molding / /

There are many benefits to injection molding polyethylene. Depending on the grade used, polyethylene can be hard or soft. Polyethylene is lightweight and strong. PE’s chemical resistance increases with its density. High-density polyethylene has greater chemical resistance than low to medium PE.

HDPE Injection Molding 101 (High-Density Polyethylene Injection Molding) / /

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is a widely used grade of polyethylene. HDPE is tough, flexible, and offers good impact resistance. HDPE is suitable for injection molding. Injection molding facilitates greater control over product customization, high repeatability, reduced labor costs, high productivity and the ability to produce thousands of parts from a single mold. If your project calls for a high volume of parts, injection molding is a cost-effective manufacturing process as the cost per part decreases the more parts are produced over time. Chairs, bottle crates, toys, milk jugs and medical parts are all made using injection molded HDPE.

Polyethylene Injection Molding Finishes / /

Following injection molding, the part is transitioned to the finishing process. While some finishes are used to alter the appearance of a part, others strengthen its physical properties. Finishes offered by Fathom include:

SURFACE FINISH GUIDE TYPICAL APPLICATIONS
Standard No Machine Mark Tool Marks Removed Low Cosmetic
SPI-C1 600 Stone Low Polish Parts
SPI-B1 600 Grit Paper Medium Polish Parts
SPI-A2 Grade #6 Diamond High Polish Parts
SPI-A1 Grade #3 Lens or Mirror
IM-1 Light Bead Blast Need 1 Degree Draft Angle
IM-2 Medium Bead Blast Need 1.5 Degree Draft Angle
IM-3 Heavy Bead Blast Need 3 Degree Draft Angle

Injection Molding Machines Used by Fathom / /

Fathom’s services include injection molding and hybridized services that leverage multiple 3D printing technologies. Do you want to incorporate injection molding into your complex project? Fathom can help. In a recent case study, Fathom delivered over 20,000 parts in 27 days, using 55+ tools, including multiple injection molding services:

Case Study //

Real Customers. Real Results.

A customer came to Fathom with a complex project that spanned the technologies and processes of rapid production—and needed it done fast. Fathom delivered.

20,000 Parts // Within 27 Days
55+ Tools to Injection Mold 15,000 Parts First Article in 2 Weeks
15,000

55+ Tools to Injection
Mold 15,000 Parts

First Article in 2 Weeks

3,000+ 3D Printed Parts
3,000

3,000+ 3D
Printed Parts

2,000+ Metal Fabricated Parts
2,000

2,000+ Metal
Fabricated Parts

Hybridized Services Used //

3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing—PolyJet, SLS, MJF.

DFM Analysis + CAD Mods.

CNC Machining. Laser Cutting.

Stamping. Die Cutting. Post-Opp Drilling.

24-hour Turnaround Urethane Casting.

Injection + Compression Molding.

Model Finishing. Insert Assembly.

Advanced Project Management.

Polyethylene Injection Molding FAQs / /

Q: Does Fathom offer injection molding?

A: Yes, Fathom offers injection molding services.

Q: What is injection molding?

A: Injection molding is a manufacturing process commonly used for plastic parts. During injection molding, molten plastic is injected into a two-part mold using high pressure. Once the part has cooled inside the mold, it is ejected. The part may or may not require a secondary finish.

Q: Is Fathom ISO certified?

A: Fathom’s certifications include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 9001:2015 Design, and ISO 13485:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom ITAR certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is ITAR certified. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom AS9100:2016 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom is AS9100:2016. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: Is Fathom NIST 800-171 certified?

A: Yes, Fathom’s certifications include NIST 800-171. For site-specific certifications, please visit https://fathommfg.com/fathom-manufacturing-certifications.

Q: What is polyethylene plastic?

A: Polyethylene is a raw material commonly used for manufacturing. Products such as shopping bags, water bottles, and piping are all made using different grades of polyethylene.

Q: Can polyethylene be injection molded?

A: Yes, polyethylene is suitable for injection molding.

Q: Why is polyethylene used in injection molding?

A: Polyethylene is commonly used in injection molding because it can be used to make a wide variety of parts, is cost-effective, and, depending on the grade, can be rigid or soft.

Q: Can HDPE be used in injection molding?

A: High-density polyethylene is a popular material for injection molding. HDPE is used to make everything from milk jugs to medical parts.

How to Get Polyethylene Molding Quotes / /

Ready for a quote on a polyethylene injection molding project? Do you need to calculate costs? Use Fathom’s SmartQuote application for a fast quote on any file.

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HEADQUARTERS

1050 Walnut Ridge Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016
ITAR

ARIZONA

444 W. 21st St. Ste. 101
Tempe, AZ 85282
ISO 9001:2015
NIST800-171 Compliant
ITAR

COLORADO

7770 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80229
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

MINNESOTA

13758 Johnson Street NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304

TEXAS

1801 Rowe Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660
ISO 9001:2015
AS9100:2016

1513 Sam Bass Rd
Round Rock, TX 78681
ISO 9001:2015
ISO 13485:2016

CALIFORNIA

620 3rd Street
Oakland, CA 94607
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified
NIST 800-171 Compliant
ITAR

FLORIDA

14000 N.W. 58th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33014

NEW YORK

1920 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
ITAR

401 W. Shore Blvd.
Newark, NY 14513
AS9100:2016
ISO 9001:2015
ITAR

ILLINOIS

1207 Adams Drive
McHenry, IL 60051
ISO 9001:2015

1401 Brummel Ave
Elk Grove, IL 60007
ISO 9001:2015 Design Certified

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