Setup an Injection Workspace
This Precious Plastic Space transforms plastic waste into small productions of very precise objects using moulds like phone cases or tiles.
You want to set up an Injection Workspace. Smart move! It is fairly cheap to start and you can make very precise and finished products ready for your customers. Setting up an Injection workspace can be broken down into three main steps:
- Search: what to think about when choosing your space
- Plan: how to plan your space effectively
- Build: transforming an empty room into a Injection Workspace
Each of these steps is explained in more detail below.
- 00:00 Introduction
- 00:49 Injection Machine
- 01:01 Sourcing and Shredding Plastic
- 01:38 Shredding Time
- 02:16 Injecting Process
- 03:56 Logistics
The first step of setting up a workspace is to find a space (duh). While searching, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.
Size: It’s important to be sure that you have enough space to move around freely with your machines and tools. The Injection Workspace we designed is roughly 5 x 6 meters – you can go larger, but if you include the shredder (like ours) we wouldn’t recommend going much smaller.
Electricity: The Injection machine runs on single-phase, but the shredder sometimes runs on three-phase, so be sure to check the specs of the motor you plan to use when choosing your space.
Budget: While making sure your space meets your functional needs, it’s also important to keep in mind how it will fit into your budget.
Pro-tip: sometimes, cities offer discounted rent to entrepreneurs with purposeful missions, so it’s worth getting in touch with accelerators and representatives of your municipality to see if there are opportunities like this in your area.
You’ve found your space. Now you can begin to plan how you will arrange the elements of your workspace according to your unique floorplan.
Every space is different, so this is a chance for you to customize your layout to make it work for you.
To help you begin, we’ve included some starter floor plans, CAD models, and a custom floor planner in the download kit, which you can use to explore different layouts before diving into the real thing.
Once you’ve made a floor plan that seems promising, test it out in real life by blocking it out on the floor of your space with chalk. Continue to iterate until you arrive at a floor plan that feels right.
Now that your floor plan is blocked out, it’s time to transform your empty room into an Injection Workspace.
Begin with basics
Start with your most essential items – injection machine, workbench, basic tools – then build out from there as you start to see what suits your workflow best.
When possible, look for secondhand options to reduce the amount of new materials and resources being used to start your Precious Plastic Space. If what you need isn’t available secondhand, buy new or build it. And always strive for good quality rather than cheap.
Some essential items to get you started:
- Injection machine - of course.
- Shredded plastic storage containers – this might be determined by who you buy your plastic from. What’s most important is to make sure that they’re sturdy to prevent accidental spills. Clear is nice, but not required.
- Simple mould – there are loads of methods and materials you can use to make a mould – lasercut, CNC, 3D-print, aluminium, steel, acrylic. Check out the how-tos for inspiration.
- Basic tools - wrenches, putty knife, safety glasses, hammer, chisel, heat resistant gloves, timer, scoop.
- Ventilation – filter mask, ventilation caddy, check out the safety video to learn more.
- Off-cuts container.
Once you’ve got your basic workspace set up, start working with the injector to develop your workflow and see what else might help you work more efficiently and comfortably.
And don’t be afraid to spice the place up with your own unique charm :) Plants, posters, the right lighting, and a boombox will make your workspace more enjoyable to be in for yourself and anyone who stops by.
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A Precious Plastic Workspace is a place where plastic gets transformed from waste into valuable materials or products. There are five different workspaces: Shredder, Extrusion, Sheetpress, Injection and Mix.
You’ve built your Injection Workspace. Nice one! We’re all learning together, so be sure to share back any hacks or developments that have helped you improve your space along the way. Enjoy the journey 🙂
Want to share feedback, chat about the Injection Workspace or learn more from the community? Head to the #Spaces channel on Discord. Here we answer questions and give tips on setting up your workspace and how to run it.