Injection Mold Design Handbook

Injection Mold Design Handbook

Bruce Catoen, Herbert Rees


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An injection mold is the heart of any plastics molding workcell. Understanding the principles of an injection mold design and its importance to a successful plastic part is fundamental to the success of the product. This book helps guide the designer, engineer, project manager, and production manager in making sure that the injection mold to be designed will work as intended.

This book will take the reader through the process of conceptualizing and designing an injection mold that will produce the desired plastic part. Since it all starts with the plastic part, the book will first focus on key features and details of the plastic part which are necessary for good mold design. The design of the main components of an injection mold will be discussed and good design practices will be shared. Finally the process of testing and gaining customer acceptance of the mold for production will be detailed. A comprehensive appendix and detailed drawings will provide the required detail for completing a mold design.


Bruce Catoen:
Bruce Catoen is the founder of OASIC, a technology, strategy, mergers and acquisitions consulting company. He has more than 30 years of experience in the plastics equipment business including marketing, manufacturing and product development. He served as the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Executive for companies such as Milacron, Mold Masters ,and Husky Injection Molding Systems. He is the named inventor of more than 50 patents and is the coauthor of the book “Selecting Injection Molds”.|||Herbert Rees (d. 2010) was Vice President of R&D at Husky Injection Molding Systems. He is author of several books in the area of injection molds and molding, including “Mold Engineering”, “Understanding Injection Mold Design”, “Understanding Product Design for Injection Molding”, and “Selecting Injection Molds”