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Injection Molding defect:molding fish eye

Solving fish eye problems


Definition
Fish eyes are a surface defect that results from unmelted material being pushed with the melt stream into the cavity and appearing on the surface of a molded part. molding fish eye

Causes
Low melt temperature
If the melt temperature is too low to melt the material completely, the unmelted pellets will merge with the melt stream, marring the surface of the part.
Too much regrind
The shape and size of regrind is irregular compared with original material, and can trap more air and cause the material to blend unevenly.
Incompatible materials blended together
Low screw rotation speed
If the screw rotation speed and the back pressure setting are set too low, there might not be enough frictional heating to melt the material completely in the barrel before the injection.

Remedies
Reduce regrind material
Contact material suppliers to get the recommended levels of regrind to use.
Optimize melt temperature
Modify screw design
Contact material suppliers to get the right screw design information to avoid improper melt mix or overheating that leads to material degradation.

Solving one problem can often introduce other problems to the injection molding process. Each option hence requires consideration of all relevant aspects of the mold design specification.


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