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What is Vespel®? Learn About This Super Plastic

What is Vespel®? When it comes to advanced industrial plastics, Vespel® runs at the head of the pack. From bearings to critical aircraft parts, this highly durable polyimide can withstand the harshest operating conditions on the planet, thanks to its advanced properties. If you need a plastic that provides excellent, reliable performance in extreme applications, […]

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What is PEEK Plastic? An Introductory Guide

When it comes to applications that require high-performance plastic, PEEK is often a top recommendation. You may be wondering, what is PEEK plastic and why is it so popular? We often refer to PEEK as the “powerhouse polymer” because of its unique combination of outstanding properties that make it suitable for a wide array of […]

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Custom CNC Routing with Reading Plastic

Custom CNC routing is an excellent way to produce high volumes of precise, identical plastic parts quickly. At Reading Plastic, we have been proud to offer expert custom CNC routing services for over three decades. With our state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained staff, we can quickly produce the precise, accurate parts you need, whether you […]

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Why Are Injection Molds So Expensive?

If you have ever looked into injection molding for your plastic parts, your first question was likely why are injection molds so expensive? An injection mold is easily the most expensive part of the project, and can dramatically increase costs for small part runs. The main factors that influence the cost of an injection mold […]

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How to Create a Plastic Prototype with Reading Plastic

Prototyping is a necessary stage of product development that determines whether your production efforts will ultimately be successful or not. With the increased popularity of rapid prototyping, it is easier and more affordable than ever to produce plastic prototypes. When choosing how to create a plastic prototype, the two most popular options are additive processing […]

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Most Popular Aerospace Plastic Components

The use of aerospace plastic components has quadrupled since 1970, thanks in large part to their strength-to-weight ratio. Since aerospace plastics provide the same strength as metal at a fraction of the weight, aerospace engineers could convert large portions of aerostructure from metal to plastic to significantly reduce an aircraft’s weight without compromising strength. Reduction […]

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The Stiffness of Plastics Explained

Stiffness is one of the key mechanical properties of plastic, along with strength, hardness, and toughness. The stiffness of plastics is described by flexural modulus (the ability of a material to bend), which is measured in pounds per square inch (psi). The higher the flexural modulus, the stiffer the material; the lower the flexural modulus, […]

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What is Thin-Gauge Precision Die Stamping?

In precision die stamping, a high-speed punch press and custom steel-rule dies are used to produce extremely precise identical parts, such as washers, gaskets, seals, insulators, graphics, and more. This process allows for the creation of extremely thin products that can hold tight tolerances at high volumes. At Reading Plastic, our custom CNC machined dies […]

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5 Incredible Precision Engineering Plastics

Today’s precision engineering plastics offer superior chemical resistance, higher temperature capability, greater dimensional stability, good wear resistance, and excellent machinability. Below are five of the best precision engineering plastics on the market, able to tackle the most challenging applications in any industry. PEI (Ultem) With a tensile strength of 15,200 psi and continuous use up […]

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Call Reading Plastic For CNC Plastic Cutting Service

With decades of experience as a leading CNC plastic cutting service, Reading Plastic has the tools and knowledge necessary to create the high quality plastic parts you need. We excel at machining parts that hold tight tolerances of +/- .001, and can cut even the most advanced specialty plastics. Whether your job is a small […]

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Why Make Us Your Plastic Medical Device Manufacturer

Plastics have been revolutionizing the medical device industry because they can be machined into complex designs, offer lightweight yet high strength alternatives to metal, and can withstand rigorous and repeated sanitizing. As a plastic medical device manufacturer, Reading Plastic knows that precision and speed are crucial to the medical industry. That is why we pride […]

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How Plastics Have Transformed Aerospace CNC Machining

The development of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining helped to revolutionize aerospace design and engineering. The increased accuracy of CNC machining meant parts could be reliably produced to meet tight tolerances, allowing for more intricate designs and improving overall safety. Parts could also be produced faster and in larger quantities, lowering costs and increasing demand. […]

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What is Vespel®? Learn About This Super Plastic

What is Vespel®? When it comes to advanced industrial plastics, Vespel® runs at the head of the pack. From bearings to critical aircraft parts, this highly durable polyimide can withstand the harshest operating conditions on the planet, thanks to its advanced properties. If you need a plastic that provides excellent, reliable performance in extreme applications, […]

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