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Simultaneous injection molding and chrome finish



(-----) 2006

Is there any injection machine that can inject plastic and chrome finish at the same time?

Mani Jenabzadeh
- Portland, Oregon, USA
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2006

No, Mani, there isn't. Chrome finishes are complicated and I know of no technology that would allow the chemistry to just be injected into a mold.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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2006

Mani,
Maybe your question refers to a chrome like finish, not exactly a chrome plated part. If that's what you're looking for, there is a well known process in which a thin plastic film with a reflective finish that resembles chrome, is fed into the open mold. When the mold closes and the plastic is injected, the film is embedded or melt to the part surface. Result, a chrome like decorated plastic part in one operation. There are other finishes or colors possible like brushed aluminum, etc. Search for in-mold decoration.

Guillermo Marrufo
Monterrey, NL, Mexico
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