machine to make plastic molds

What Are the Pros & Cons of Blow Molding?

plastic bottle caps

Blow molding is an extremely affordable, sustainable, and versatile process, but with any manufacturing method, it has its benefits and drawbacks. While the types of blow molding vary, the benefits of this revolutionary technology are universal.

Advantages of Blow Molding Plastic

Cost is a big factor in any manufacturing, especially a large-scale, industrial venture. Blow molding is typically quite inexpensive compared to other fabrication methods, making it completely customizable and scalable to the client’s needs. Furthermore, it simplifies applying external threads, improving overall product quality and consistency.

Blow molding is also a relatively fast manufacturing solution. Professional grade injection or extrusion blow molding machinery is capable of producing huge quantities of finished products, and can run for a virtually indefinite amount of time.

The versatility of blow molding is a big advantage, and a reason it revolutionized a number of industries. The diverse number of customizable bottles, containers, and other products makes blow molding especially attractive to food suppliers, medical and pharmaceutical companies, and more.

Disadvantages of Blow Molding Plastic

One disadvantage of blow molding plastic is the fact that you’re working with plastic, a petroleum product. That said, many polymers used are recyclable, and the industry is hard at work finding more durable, versatile, and sustainable materials.

Another disadvantage is the limitations in the design of blow molded products; hollowed out custom plastic bottles and other similar containers are usually the best fit for this process.

As you can see, the benefits of blow molding outweigh the disadvantages as long as the product you have in mind is a good fit for this process. Blow molding produces durable, inexpensive products in large quantities, and those products are often recyclable.

When you speak to a Blow Molded Products customer service specialist, we’ll have you walk us through your needs and vision for your product. If we think another approach would be best, we’ll tell you, and can help guide your project in the right direction. Contact our expert team today at (951) 360-6055!