Aluminum In-mold Process
The aluminum in-mold process begins with aluminum decorated in the flat sheet. The decorated aluminum is stamped, formed and placed in a mold. A plastic resin is shot behind the aluminum nameplate or trim creating an intimate bond. Stabilizers are used as part size increases to minimize shrinkage.
Aluminium in-mold eliminates the need for secondary bonding processes. In addition, back side features can be molded during the molding process. Extra care is required in part design when addressing parting lines and visible edges.
Backlit and Through Mold Graphics
Transparent plastic is used for functional backlighting of aluminum nameplates or buttons. Mixed material effects are achieved with dimensional through molded graphics which can be smooth or textured in hard or soft plastic.
Mold In Graphics with IMD Decoration
The robust product created with aluminum in-mold is used in the automotive industry for interior trim with a premium look and superior dent resistance. Mold in graphics have been used for accent ribbing or brand identification on sill plates, key fobs and center consoles.
Large Appliance Trim
Robust Aluminum Trim
Robust metal trim is being used on large appliance to differentiate the product in the market. The aluminum can be used to create stainless steel looks or unique aluminum finishes. Ability to completely change the appearance economically by updating the aluminum finish allows the same trim piece to be used across different models.