Packing processing parameters, including packing pressure and packing time, have significant impact on the internal molecular orientations, mechanical properties and optical performance of injection molded polymeric products. One of the limitations of cold-runner injection molding machines is the lack of real-time control of packing processing parameters during an injection molding cycle. As a result, a new melt modulation device has been developed and experimentally validated to control melt flow and manipulate processing parameters during cold-runner manufacturing. The use of the integrated melt modulation device has shown enhancement of physical properties and optical performance of injection molded polymeric products. Numerical simulations and experimental results of common thermoplastic optical polymers, such as PMMA, PC, and GPPS have been conducted and briefly demonstrated herein.

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