Flexible Moldmaking

Christina M. Fuges - July 23, 2013

An innovative approach to multi-component injection molding can be seen in Boucherie's “Flexi-Cube” mold.  The first mold of this type was delivered for a 3-component handle in a 24-cavity layout.

To give you a glimpse, this particular mold is a 5-station mold: Station 1 (24 cavities for the injection of the first material); Station 2 (cooling); Station 3 (24 cavities for the injection of the second component); Station 4 (24 cavities for the injection of the third component); and, Station 5 (outside the mold for product ejection or removal during an active molding cycle).

Although the product features a relatively big wall thickness, an overall cycle time of only 15 seconds was achieved, according to the company.  The core of this mold is a stack design with a central, stationary cube around which circumference various stations are provided and which are linked by a transport-system that travels around the cube.

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