We provide fabrication, machining, and conversion services to our customers nationwide. We understand you need responsive service and superior quality. From precision cutting to complex assembly, we use our in-house capabilities or partner with the best fabrication specialists to provide high quality, consistent plastic parts.
Let us do the legwork! Send us your drawings and specifications. We will manage the entire process closely with our fabrication partners, and then deliver components that meet your critical requirements.
Using our vast network (and 10+ years in the business) we can often reduce costs for our customers. Many times it just doesn't make sense to use separate material and fabrication sources. We can leverage our relationships and do the legwork for you.
Cost saving benefits to consider:
Eliminate multiple PO’s
Reduce material mark-ups
Avoid extra freight bills
Limit meeting and coordination time
Minimize materials research
Decrease supplier vetting
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Plastic Fabrication Processes
Plastic parts are manufactured by many different processes.
In many cases,purchasing cut-to-size rectangles of plastic sheet can save time and money compared with buying full sheets of material and cutting them in-house. Our CNC panel saws and manual cutting equipment are capable of cutting any type of plastic sheet to the finished sizes you need quickly and efficiently. Any size material, any quantity.
Plastic Part Design
Successful plastic part design includes selecting the right material, manufacturing process, and geometry
Many geometric features such as tight dimensional tolerances and countersunk mounting holes, which are permissible on metal parts, may not be suitable for plastic parts.
Typical manufacturing processes for many plastic materials include:
CNC routers and CNC mills can quickly and efficiently cut complex shapes from plastic sheet, rod, and tube stock. CNC lathes are used for manufacturing parts that are round in cross section. Sometimes, when components need to maintain and achieve special geometries not possible by using conventional machining techniques, they are manufactured via specialized processes such as gun drilling or centerless grinding.
Die cutting is an efficient way to cut plastic film and thin plastic sheet into finished parts. Some common plastic materials made into die cut parts include polyester film, polycarbonate film, and HDPE sheet.
Thermoforming consists of softening thermoplastic sheet material using heat and then reshaping it into finished parts. There are many types of thermoforming including bending plastic sheet on a strip heater and molding complex parts via vacuum forming. Tooling costs tend to be low for thermoformed parts since thermoforming tools generally do not have to operate at the high temperatures and pressures associated with injection molding.
Fabrication & Assembly
Plastic components can be assembled in many different ways including adhesive bonding, solvent welding, hot gas welding, and joining via mechanical fasteners. We have experience supplying many different types of fabricated assemblies. Examples include welded polyolefin tanks, subassemblies for machinery, and laminated electrical insulators made from plastic films and tapes.
Molding & Extrusion Processes
Extrusion involves squeezing plastic through a die to make continuous lengths of sheet, rod, tube, or a custom profile. Injection molding involves squeezing plastic into a mold, and then removing the formed part when it has cooled.