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. For that reason, Matrix typically does not sample or run production on multi-shot tools in-house. However, we are particularly adept at the design and tool build of these complicated tools.