Another highlight at the recent IPF Show near Tokyo was being demonstrated at the Sodick stand. The machine builder was exhibiting an insert molding system for decorative automotive parts.
The acrylic/polycarbonate multilayer insert film was supplied by Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC, Tokyo). MGC has developed several multilayer films types for insert molding. Typically the deep-drawable films (coefficient of extension of more than 200%) are preformed on a special thermoforming unit prior to insertion into the mold.