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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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How Plastic Makes Military Helicopter Parts Safer

When manufacturing products for military use, the ultimate goal is to protect the safety and welfare of military personnel. Military-grade plastics are helping make equipment safer and more efficient. Choosing an experienced plastic military helicopter parts manufacturer will ensure your parts meet military specifications and are both functional and protective. At Reading Plastic, we can […]

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The Use of Vespel® in Critical Aircraft Parts

When it comes to critical aircraft parts, you must have confidence in their consistency, safety, and longevity. That is why aviation experts are increasingly turning to high-end plastics to make those critical parts. Vespel® is one of the top choices for aircraft parts because it offers superior performance that even most high-end materials can’t match. […]

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Military Aircraft Parts: Plastic Fabricators Set to Fill Shortage

A shortage of military aircraft parts has grounded a significant portion of the Marine Corps’ aircraft. At the end of 2016, nearly 60% of their aircraft were considered temporarily non-mission capable due to a lack of parts to make them operational. Not only does this affect military readiness, it means there are not enough aircraft […]

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Understanding PEEK Plastic Price Per Pound

When it comes to choosing the right plastic for a part, cost is an important factor. However, evaluating a plastic based on price alone can be misleading. The plastic may have properties that offer long-term cost savings despite higher upfront costs. PEEK plastic price per pound is generally higher than other high-temperature thermoplastics, but it […]

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What Are Static-Dissipative Materials?

Electrostatic discharge (ESd) materials are plastics that reduce static electricity in order to protect electrostatic-sensitive devices or to contain flammable liquids or gases. These materials are divided into three categories: anti-static, conductive, and static-dissipative materials. ESd materials are classified by how quickly electricity moves through the material, with that speed referred to as the “resistance” […]

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