Overmolding has dramatically changed the appearance and functionality of cable assemblies over the last several decades. Through the utilization of the injection molding process, overmolding has allowed cable assemblies to have better functionality by:
- Allowing them to become impervious to fluids, therefore being able to be exposed to harsher environments.
- Providing them the ability to withstand shock, vibration, and continual flexing without damage to the termination point.
- Making them more aesthetic by using tooling that allows for the inclusion of corporate logos and trade names as part on the overmold itself.
- Through the use of 3D printing, models of the overmold can be quickly and cost effectively created to ensure that the overmold meet the application requirements prior to hard tooling.
The last several decades have seen an evolution in cable assembly overmolding due mainly to the development of materials and in the advancement of technology. Overmolded cable products can now be used in almost every industry and application while being able to withstand the rigors of the most demanding environments.
Cable assembly overmolds are no longer the hard plastic that they were decades ago, mold compounds now allow for a soft tactile feel providing surfaces able to be held onto while using gloves. Further material developments will only increase the use of overmolds and provide for more functionality in the products used in every field and industry.