Flashlights are universally used to make dark areas and objects visible in the absence of natural light. Consisting of several parts, they are typically made of different kinds of metal, glass, and/or plastic, with key components including a switch, case, battery, wiring, reflector, transparent lens, and lightbulb. Furthermore, the performance of various flashlights is impacted by the battery and light bulb type employed. To get a better understanding on how plastic and metal flashlight variations are created, we invite you to read on.
Plastic flashlights are an affordable, convenient way to produce artificial light, and the process to build them involves several steps. First, plastic pellets are colored, heated, and injection molded; in other words, a plunger is injected directly into the molds, giving the flashlight case its shape and color. These molds are then subjected to extreme pressure, up to 2500 tons, to make sure they are filled and cohesive. Next, water is forced through openings in the molds to cool down the melted plastic before additional components can be added to the flashlight.
Once the plastic has cooled, LED, fluorescent, or incandescent light bulbs are added into the structure. Generally, each bulb type has a metal filament inside that heats up and emits light in visible wavelengths when exposed to an electrical current. This filament is welded into two wires, connected to a cylinder-shaped glass bead, and enclosed in a transparent glass cover. After this happens, the glass structure inside the bulb is placed inside a vacuum chamber and sealed by heat, which softens the glass to ensure the filament is aligned correctly, ensuring the light beam points in the correct direction. In terms of electrical circuitry, the majority of flashlights have an on/off switch where the wires are connected to battery terminals. Typically constructed on an assembly line for efficiency, this entails the entire manufacturing process for a plastic flashlight.
On the other hand, metal flashlights are made from aluminum and follow a different construction process than plastic ones. First, blades run on a computerized machine are used to trim down a metal rod which is shaped into a flashlight case. The inside of the flashlight is hollowed out using a drill, and coolant is applied over the top to keep the metal from expanding with heat. Another blade slices threads on the outside so a lens can be added in a later step. Oftentimes, such flashlights also feature a textured handle for better grip, and this cross weave pattern is carved into the back half of the flashlight.
After the flashlight has been painted and the metal has been polished, hot plastic is injected into a mold and compressed with intense pressure; this becomes the lens. LED bulbs have lights that have been soldered onto a circuit board and trimmed with scissors, whereas incandescent and fluorescent bulbs are connected directly to the battery terminals. Springs are placed inside the flashlights to hold intended batteries in place, and the bulb assembly and lens are secured into place during this step as well.
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