Continuous extrusion blow molding:
In the continuous process, a stationary extruder plasticizes and pushes molten polymer through the head to form a continuous parison. For large part blow molding, accumulators are used to prevent sagging of the parison.
Intermittent blow molding:
In the intermittent process, the melt is accumulated in the barrel and pushed out in one shot. Intermittent blow molding is used in the fabrication of dairy bottles, amongst other applications, because of its high production speed.
Co-extrusion blow molding:
Co-extrusion blow molding makes it possible to combine materials with different properties to create a finished product most suitable for a particular application. This process can be used to fabricate products which contain several layers in their wall structures. The various parts of the structure can be optimized for the best balance between properties and cost.
Injection stretch blow molding:
Injection stretch blow molding starts with an injection molded pre-form which is reheated, and stretched with a pin while simultaneously being blown in a mold. This conversion process is typically used to produce PET bottles.
3-D blow molding:
3-D blow molding is a recent development in which a robot arm is used to position the parison in a three-dimensional mold, prior to being blown. Advantages are low trim-off, and the ability to produce complex shapes. It is typically used to produce automotive parts.