The Polymers Center has three injection molding machines that are dedicated to training, research, and product development. We primarily focus on ASTM test specimen molding. Additionally, we can provide support for short-run product needs and extensive tooling trials.
Our lab features two 55-ton presses and one 90-ton press. This includes one all-electric, one hybrid-electric, and one hydraulic machine. Each of them is capable of running various plastics, ranging from commodity to engineering grades that require mold temperatures up to 220°F. The Injection Molding Lab doubles as a classroom for courses on polymer processing.
Our injection mold inventory includes a spiral flow mold, a 2”x3” variable thickness plaque mold, two color chip molds, and an ASTM family mold for various testing – either in our Materials Science Lab or yours.
To see how the Polymers Center can help, call Phil Shoemaker at 704-602-4100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Depending on the needs of our customers, molds can either be provided by the customer or the Polymers Center. The Polymers Center has molds that can be used if the goal is to test the material. Customers can choose from our ASTM family mold which includes a Tensile Bar, Flex Bar, and a Gardner Impact disk, or our variable thickness 2”x3” plaque mold, which can be set between 0.02”-0.20” thick”. ASTM Flex bars can be machined down and notched for IZOD Impact testing. Customers also have the option of bringing a mold of their own to verify that it will produce good parts. Please contact us for allowable mold dimensions.