Manufacturers across all industries are converting gears and other parts that have traditionally been metal into plastic. We’ve discussed some of the main advantages of metal-to-plastic conversion before, but here’s a refresher:
Once you’ve determined metal-to-plastic conversion would be a worthwhile investment for your operation, the next step is selection of materials. The best thing to do is consult with plastics experts who are intimately familiar with the latest engineering plastics available. An expert can take stock of your goals for the new part and determine the most appropriate plastic to employ.
Nonetheless, we’ll share a few of the parameters that go into the decision of which engineering plastic to choose.
As you can see, the choice of material is complicated, and can be made further so by your budget for the project. In many cases, however, a plastics expert can lay out a few options of engineering plastics that would fit for your particular project. There are innovations every year in the world of specialty plastics, so it could be that a new material has just been invented that would suit your needs.
Reading Plastic Machining & Fabrication has partnered with clients in every industry to supply the custom plastic parts they need on time and on budget. We’d be happy to lend you our expertise in determining the best material for your metal-to-plastic conversion.
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