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5 Ways Our Plastic Fabrication Services Go Above and Beyond

When it comes to quality plastic fabrication, Chicago turns to Reading Plastic Machining & Fabrication. For over 30 years, we’ve been delivering high-quality parts and outstanding customer service to our clients. We enjoy a loyal customer base thanks to our commitment to providing services that go above and beyond. What Sets Reading Plastic Apart? Consistently […]

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PTFE vs. Teflon: How Are These Plastics Related?

When choosing a polymer for their products, clients often have questions about PTFE vs. Teflon: what is the difference between the two? Essentially, the only difference lies in the name. PTFE is the shortened name of the chemical polytetrafluoroethylene, and Teflon is the trade name of the same polymer. If you are looking for a […]

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Plastic Parts & Components Ideal for Subsea Applications

Equipment and parts used in subsea applications are subject to a uniquely harsh environment, one that demands they have specific properties to withstand breakdown or failure. As a submarine equipment supplier, Reading Plastic can produce durable, high-quality plastic parts that hold tight tolerances and can replace metal parts in many of these applications. Plastic: Lightweight […]

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Choosing Plastics to Comply with Military Specifications

On any given day, our military faces a variety of harsh environments, from marine to tropical to desert to tundra. They also encounter situations that put their equipment through the wringer, exposing it to moisture, dirt, impact, pressure changes, chemicals, and more. The equipment and gear they rely on has to be able to perform […]

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How To Read Tolerances

Knowing how to read tolerances can help you understand the intricacies of a part and the manufacturing methods it will require. Put simply, tolerance is a measurement (generally calculated in fractions of an inch) that specifies how much a given feature of a part may deviate from its specified measurement, and is the difference between […]

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Top Precision-Machined Components in Military & Defense

Military and defense components need to withstand an array of harsh environments, including heat, friction, saltwater, and grit. At Reading Plastic, we have made precision-machined components for every branch of the armed forces and we are well acquainted with all military specifications and requirements. We can provide you with the strong, durable military-grade plastic parts […]

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Vespel® Bearings Deliver Unbeatable Reliability and Performance

When selecting a material for high-performance bearings, Vespel® is often the top choice. That is because Vespel® bearings offer unique capabilities in high-friction applications that most high-end materials can’t surpass. Combining the best properties of ceramics, metals and plastics into one, Vespel® bearings offer unique strengths for superb performance and proven reliability. What Makes Vespel® […]

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Machining & Fabrication: How They Work Together

In order to understand how machining and fabrication work together, you must first understand how they differ. Machining and fabrication are both industrial terms that refer to the process of producing or constructing a product. Machining converts raw materials into a finished products via large-scale industrial operations, while fabrication assembles various standardized parts to make […]

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5 High Tensile Strength Plastics: PAI, Ultem, PEEK, PPS, & Nylon

When it comes to the mechanical properties of plastics, being able to resist breaking under tensile stress is one of the most important and widely measured properties for materials that are used in structural applications. Tensile strength – also called ultimate tensile strength – is how much stress a plastic can withstand without breaking when […]

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6 Aircraft Parts That Require Precision Machining

Precision CNC machining creates plastic aircraft parts that are durable, reliable, and lightweight. Aircraft are subjected to harsh treatment – from humidity and saltwater exposure to rapid thermal and air pressure changes – and their parts have to be up to the challenge. As an experienced aircraft parts supplier, Reading Plastic can machine an array […]

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Explore the Possibilities with Carbon PEEK Material Properties

PEEK is one of the most expensive plastics on the market, but its outstanding properties make it the go-to choice when you need an incredibly strong plastic that will remain dimensionally stable under load and in the harshest environments. PEEK can also be reinforced with other materials to enhance its abilities. In particular, carbon PEEK […]

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How Airlines & Military Cut Costs on Aircraft Parts Repair

For commercial airlines and military aircraft alike, finding ways to reduce maintenance costs is high priority. Aircraft parts repair is costly in both part cost and down time. The aerospace industry is increasingly turning to 3D printing to shorten lead time on parts, lower costs, and improve the quality of repairs. However, 3D-printed parts often […]

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Best Plastics For Radiation Resistance

The term “radiation” encompasses the whole broad spectrum of electromagnetic wavelengths – from long radio waves to extremely short gamma rays – as well as ionizing radiation. Knowing the types of radiation your plastic components will be exposed to will help you choose the plastic material with the appropriate degree of radiation resistance. Electromagnetic Radiation […]

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