Plastic blow molding uses a variety of processes and one of them is called extrusion blow molding. It’s used to manufacture hollow plastic bottles and containers, cases, safety products, toys, automotive parts, and many more products you see every day.
How Plastic Blow Molding Works Through the Extrusion Process
The first step in creating a custom plastic product is to work on the product design. Our in-house Design and Engineering team can create a design and mold for the product. Through the process, we choose the right material, engineer the process, assure quality, and start the production run.
We work with CAD software to produce the initial product design. After approval of the model, we create the high-quality mold to run through the process. Our lead times offer a quick turnaround.
What Products are Manufactured Using Extrusion Blow Molding?
Products typically made using extrusion blow molding are drums, bottles, containers, double walled tool and instrument cases, car parts, traffic safety products, and other hollow objects.
Some of the products we manufacture globally include:
- Ducts for auto parts
- Traffic safety products, including cones, drums and barricades
- Seating for stadiums
- Tanks and reservoirs
- Housings for fans
- Doors, panels, stands, and floats
- Sporting goods
- Household products
- Watering cans
Example car part products manufactured from blow molding are hollow and have thin walls, such as air ducts. They are available for production in an assortment of shapes and sizes, according to the manufacturers’ specifications. It is a common blow molding technology used to process many different plastics. In extrusion blow molding a hollow tube, also called a parison, is formed by pressing the plastic into the mold using our effective process.
Advantages to Extrusion Blow Molding
Extrusion blow molding products can be produced at a lesser cost in part because the molds are much less expensive to produce and can be made in a much shorter time span.
Advantages of blow molding include:
- low cost for tool and die
- quick production turnaround time
- ability for molding complex parts
- handles are able to be incorporated in the design.
Extrusion blow molding is also a good option if you are also planning on small production runs.
Extrusion blow molding is generally considered to be the most versatile of all the processes because it allows for a much wider variety of sizes, shapes, handles, and neck openings.
Call Western Case at 877-593-2182 for a quote on your next plastic manufacturing project.