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   Bulk Molding Compound (BMC)       Bulk Molding Compound (BMC) molding is compression or injection molding using composite materials made of thermosetting plastic resins mixed with stranded reinforcements, fillers, and other additives. 
   Compression Molding       In compression molding, a slug of hard material is pressed between 2 heated mold halves. This is generally done with vertical presses as opposed to the horizontal presses used for injection and blow molding. After being formed, the part is air-cooled. Both tooling and piece part prices are moderate. 
   Fiberglass Hand Lay Up       In the hand lay up process, resins are hand impregnated into fibers that have been formed into a woven, knitted, bonded, or stitched fabric.  The method for applying the resin is usually by roller or brush.  The material then cures at atmospheric pressure and temperature. 
   Fiberglass Spray Up       In the spray up process, chopped fiber is fed into a catalyst resin and sprayed directly onto the mold by a hand-held gun.  The material then cures at atmospheric pressure and temperature. 
   Film Insert Molding (FIM)       Film insert molding (FIM) is a special process to permanently embed an image beneath the surface of a molded part. In this process, a material such as a film or a fabric is inserted into a mold, and then plastic material is injected into the mold to make the part. 
   Gas Injection Molding (GIM)       Gas injection molding (GIM) can be used to produce plastic or composite parts with hollow interiors. In gas injection molding, a partial shot of plastic is followed by high-pressure gas to fill the mold cavity with plastic.  It may also be called gas assist molding. 
   Liquid Composite Molding (LCM)         
   Reaction Injection Molding (RIM)         
   Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)       Resin transfer molding (RTM) is a liquid molding process that is commonly used for the aerospace and automotive industries. In the RTM process, a resin is mixed with a hardener and then injected at low pressure into a mold containing dry fibers. The part must cure for several hours at room temperature before it is removed from the mold. 
   Rotational Molding       In rotational molding, hollow molds filled with powdered plastic are secured to pipe-like spokes that extend from a central hub. The molds rotate or tumble on separate axes at once. The hub swings the entire mold into an enclosed furnace room that causes the powder to melt and stick to the insides of the tools. With the molds still tumbling slowly, the tools swing into a cooling room where sprayed water causes the material to harden into a hollow part. This process is also known as rotomolding. Low tooling costs and high piece prices are typical of this process. Cycle times average around 40-45 minutes. 
   SMC Molding       Sheet molding compound (SMC) is a process in which a layer of fiberglass material is sandwiched between 2 layers of thermoset polyester resin and extruded into flat sheets. The sheets are pressed into final form by heated molds. Tooling and piece part prices tend to be high. 
   Injection Molding       Injection molding is perhaps the most widely used of all plastic processing methods. The injection molding machine reduces pelletized raw material and colorant into a hot liquid. This "melt" is forced into a cooled mold under tremendous pressure. After the material solidifies, the mold is unclamped and a finished part is ejected. Injection molding offers the lowest piece prices available, but tooling prices are generally the highest. 
   Thermoforming (Vacuum or Pressure)       Thermoforming involves sheets of pre-extruded rigid plastic are heated horizontally and sucked down into hollow one-piece tools. After the hot plastic solidifies again, its shape conforms to that of the mold. Trimming is usually necessary to put the part in final form. Vacuum forming is done at atmospheric pressure (14.2 psi). A variation of this process, pressure forming, incorporates the use of a pressure box built around the tool which increases the pressures far beyond atmospheric. Greater surface definition in parts can therefore be achieved. Tooling costs are generally low and piece prices can vary depending on machinery. 
   Vacuum Assist Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM)       Vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) is an infusion process where a vacuum draws a resin into a one-sided mold.  A cover or bag is placed over the top of the resin to form a vacuum-tight seal, and then the vacuum is applied, drawing the resin into the mold. This process is also referred to as vacuum infusion process (VIP) molding. 
   Vacuum Bag Molding       Vacuum bag molding, or bag molding, is a process in which a sheet of flexible transparent material (bag), bleeder cloth, and release film are placed over the lay-up on a mold and sealed on the edges. The vacuum is applied between the sheet and the lay-up, removing the trapped air.  The part is then cured with temperature, temperature, and time. 
   Vacuum Forming       Vacuum forming begins with a thermoplastic sheet that heated to form a drape and is then drawn over or into the mold, assisted by vacuum holes in the mold, to impart the desired shape of the part. Vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) is an infusion process where a vacuum draws a resin into a one-sided mold. A cover, or bag, is placed over the top of the resin to form a vacuum-tight seal, and then the vacuum is applied, drawing the resin into the mold. 
   Other       Other, unlisted, or proprietary molding process. 
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   Clean Room Molding       Clean room molding describes a molding process that takes place within a certified cleanroom. 
   Insert Molding       Supplier capable of producing parts that require molded in inserts, typically metallic. 
   Micro Molding       Micro molding serves a variety of industries including medical, automotive, and consumer electronics by utilizing specialty miniature molding machines to produce very small (typically <2 grams) parts. 
   Two-shot Injection Molding       Only applicable to Injection Molding, it produces a part with two different raw materials or colors in a single operation. The machine has two injection units: one vertical and one horizontal. By using a rotating mold, the machine automatically produces a substrate of one resin or color and overmolds the part with the second resin or color. Due to moving parts, tooling is expensive, but piece part prices can be low. 
   Prototype       Supplier can create prototypes to lend substance to ideas or investigate true manufacturing costs. 
   Low Volume Production (Short Runs)       Supplier is capable of performing low volume production runs; typically means a production run time of less than one week. 
   High Volume Production (Long Runs)       Supplier is capable of performing high volume production runs; typically means a production run time of over one week. 
   Assembly Services       Supplier provides secondary operations and assembly services such as electro-mechanical assemblies, ultrasonic and heat welding, printing, painting, bonding, and machining. 
   Design Assistance       With design assistance, suppliers can assist with concepts, manufacturing costs, manufacturing techniques and material considerations. Suppliers may also be able to assist in upgrading or redesigning, re-evaluating or modernizing existing products to increase performance and/or reduce manufacturing costs. Some suppliers offer material sourcing and CAD modeling as well. 
   Tool / Mold Making       Suppliers have in-house expertise and a tool shop to create molding / tooling necessary for production. 
   Hot Stamping       Supplier can perform hot stamping of molded parts. 
   Just-In-Time Capability       Supplier has Just-In-Time manufacturing capability of parts in order to reduce need for inventory maintenance. 
   Machining       Machining is the removal of material through milling, turning, drilling, and other processes. 
   Packaging / Shipping       Supplier provides packaging and shipping capabilities including bulk shipment to facility for further processing or final packaging and shipping of product or device directly to the individual end customer. 
   Other       Other, unlisted, or proprietary service. 
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   Southwest US Only       Companies are located in the Southwest United States, namely Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. 
   Northwest US Only       Companies are located in the Northwest United States, namely Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. 
   Midwest US Only       Companies are located in the Midwest United States, namely Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 
   Canada Only       Companies are located in Canada. 
   South / Central America Only       Companies have facilities in South American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, or Chile; or in Central American countries such as Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, etc. 
   Europe Only       Companies are located in Europe, namely Germany, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, etc. 
   South Asia Only       Companies are located in South Asia, namely India, Pakistan, Nepal, etc. 
   Near East Only       Companies are located in the Near East, namely Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, etc. 
   East Asia / Pacific Only       Companies are located in East Asia, namely China, Japan, Taiwan, etc. 
   Oceania Only       Companies are located in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and a large group of South Pacific islands that include Micronesia, Polynesia, Guam, Fiji, Tonga, etc.  
   Africa Only       Companies are located in sub-Saharan Africa. 
   Other       Other unlisted country or region. 
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