A dip molder is a molding machine that dips a mold into liquid plastic. The plastic sticks to the mold, creating the reverse of the object. After the plastic cools, it is removed from the mold and retains the shape of the mold. Dip molding is available for a variety of different products and uses, but some products are better suited to dip molding than others. Use this simple guide to help determine the best products to use with dip molders:
Gloves: Gloves are the perfect material to make using a dip molding machine. A mold shaped like a hand is easy to create, and it takes just a few dips into the plastic, latex, or rubber to create sturdy gloves for a variety of uses.
Tool handles: Tool handles are one of the original products that inspired industrial dip molding. Rather than create wooden tool handles, manufacturers started to dip the back end of tools into plastic to create sturdy, weather-resistant handles for tools.
Plugs: Plugs come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The nature of plugs are that they must fit snuggly into the space they are supposed to fill. Dip molding is better for this process than injection molding because injection molded items often have seams and inconsistencies that make them poorly suited to plug manufacturing.
Caps: Dip molding machines are the perfect tool to use in the creation of plastic caps. Dip molds are easy to create to look like any cap imaginable, from water bottle caps to gas caps. Dip molders are ideal for creating these caps free of seams, ridges, and other inconsistencies.
Flexible containers: Dip molding is ideal for flexible containers, such as water bottles, flexible liquid bladders, and medical equipment containers. The dip molding process is perfect for creating flexible, yet strong containers for a variety of uses.