Mold Texturing

Mold texturing is the process of adding a specific pattern to a tool. These tools are used in the plastic injection, blow molding, thermoforming, roto-molding, pressure form, die cast and embossing / extrusion industries. Textures vary from very simple patterns, such as a simple gritty look, to complex leather and wood patterns. Texturing is accomplished by bathing the mold in a special acid mixture. Prior to its acid bath, the tools have been coated with a special substance that only allows certain areas of the tool to be etched away. The end result is the pattern the customer has chosen.

Texturing provides both cosmetic and productive benefits. It enhances the look and feel of ordinary plastic and hides any molding blemishes that may plague a specific part. In the die cast industry, texture is used to help aid in the actual molding process. It helps cut down on porosity by disturbing the material flow. In some cases, texturing helps withstand wear, hide scratches and provide an easy-to-grip surface depending on the intended use for the part. Texturing might also be applied on some areas of the mold core to help solve ejection problems in the molding process. KEYWORDS for this process: toolers, mold texturers, moulds, moulding, moulders, molds, molders, molding

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