It is highly likely that many of you will have never really taken the time to consider just where the parts that make up a car come from. You will take a trip down to an auto body shop and pick out your needed parts without ever thinking about how those parts came into being.
Well, a good portion of car parts are created using a specially designed press mold which has been built and supplied to the manufacturer from companies.
These press molds have to undergo a number of different tests to ensure that they are exact in size and shape and are what the automotive manufacturer is looking for.
Once these press molds have been skillfully designed, developed, and constructed, they are sold to the automotive manufacturer who then uses these molds to mass produce the car parts that the molds represent.
What Parts are generally made By Press Molds?
Press molds can be developed and constructed for a wide variety of different car parts. Everything from the exterior paneling, interior paneling, and seat covers, and even the heads of the gear sticks are constructed using a high quality press mold. In fact there is not too much that cannot be created as even parts of the chassis are often created by press molds.
A number of different materials can be used in a press mold and they are usually created using a combination of a hydraulic press, some heat, and a raw material that could be anything from metal alloy, rubber, or plastic.
The process of creating the parts includes placing the materials in the press mold, applying heat and pressure from the hydraulic press before the finished product is ready to be finalized through being painted and flashing.
The Benefit of Using Compression Molding
The main benefit of having press molds built and used for the manufacture of car parts is that it is an extremely cost effective process. Molds do not cost that much, especially from well renowned brands whilst labor costs are also not as much as what would be found with other methods.
Additionally, there are only small amounts of wasted materials as any they can be simply be recycled and used again in a future mold. The savings made by here can be better spent by car manufacturers on other areas of the product that could essentially make them better.
The final benefit that is by using a press mold for car parts, you can be sure of a consistency across all parts made as well as being produced at an efficient rate.