I am building the Gingery plastic injection molding machine right now and have a few questions for people who have already built them.
The heater block assy is CRS and you are supposed to drill and ream a0.501 inch bore. The plunger is CRS and is 0.5 inch rod, which we have measured at 0.5009 inch diameter. What is a reasonable tolerance for the 0.501 inch bore, so that it will inject the plastic (pmma and polycarbonate mainly) into the mold and not leak around the plunger and squirt or shoot out the top?
I am concerned about similar metals and very close diameter to bore clearance and having things gall up when I try to use the parts together( it was usually aluminum not CRS), but I dont want the hot plastic leaking around a loose gap.
Some other questions about the process. With aluminum molds, what kind of mold release spray or material should I use? With an aluminum mold if I can get it nickle plated will this give me a better surface finish, like on a plastic lens? If so what mold release spray or material should I use with this material?
I read some great safety tips in some older posts on this group - thanks for the heads up.
Anybody have a good source for 1-5 pounds of polycarb or pmma pelets?