1)The structure of 3 plates mold
17.Locating ring 18.Dowel pin 19.Runner holder 20.Runners systerm 21.Return pin 22.Spring 23.stopper 24.Main runner 25.Nylon locker 26.Guide pin 27.Guide bush 28.Supporter 29.K.O holes
2) How the 3-plate mold works?
- When a 3 plate mold opens, the cavity and the core do not separate from each other at first, but the striper plate will be firstly separated from the cavity plate – the striper plate releases the molded product from the gate material, and then the cavity and the core separate from each other to eject the product.
- Some variations of 2 plates molds are also applicable in 3 plates molds, but the molds are much more complicated.
- One of the variations of a 3-plate mold is its combined application with the runner of a 2 plates mold.
The gate and runner systerm of 3 plate mold
- Pros of a 3-plate mold:
- A 3-plate mold only adopts the pin-point gate system.
- A 3-plate mold leaves very minimal marks on the product; even mark-less injection molding is allowed;
- The gate of a 3 plate mold does not need to be specially removed.
- Cons of a 3-plate mold:
- Since a 3 plates mold features a longer runner, cooling will take a longer time, thus leading to a longer injection cycle;
- A 3 plates mold consumes more materials;
- The structure of a 3 plates mold is relatively more complicated.
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