Multi-shot / multi-component tooling allows a product designer to use two or more dissimilar materials on the same part within the same cycle. There may be a variety of reasons why differing materials would be desired, including different physical properties or simply appearance. These molds often utilize multiple manifolds within one tool. Multi-shot tooling can be an elegant solution for complicated products, and can be used for color changes within a product line.
Specialized presses and molds are necessary to run multi-shot tooling. Multiple machine nozzles, hot runner systems and mold rotation may become necessary. While Matrix currently does not have any multi-shot molding presses on our floor, we are particularly adept at designing and building these complicated tools and have been doing so for decades.