In Connecticut Plastics' 30 year history, we have machined plastic parts in every available stock plastic shape. We have extensive resources for locating even difficult to find material or help with coordinating custom plastic parts runs.
Please consider us for support in your plastic part material selection. Our engineers are happy to suggest material to fit any need. Machining plastics every day gives them a deep insight into plastic selection.
Click on any of the materials to the left for more information. Read on to learn more about choosing the right material for your design.
Consider a Precision Plastic Machined Component in your Design
Many efforts have been undertaken by OEM’s to remove costs from their products. Converting metal components to plastic components in an application can result in significant reductions in costs, design changes, overall weight and waste.
There exists a vast range of metal and plastic materials, where each one has a set of properties that are easily understood by designers and should be the first consideration when selecting the right material for any application. Metals are capable of maintaining their properties over a broad range of applications. Plastic parts are more susceptible to change under certain operating conditions. The key consideration for a possible plastic material in any application is the effect that normal operating conditions will have on the plastic component.
Today, plastic materials include an expanding variety of characteristics for tensile strength, heat tolerance, and chemical resistance. Because of these specialized characteristics, the number of plastic alternatives also continues to expand and can be found in an ever increasing variety of applications. Plastic parts can also be polished to an optical finish when required. A quality not available when using metal.
Matweb - www.matweb.com is a powerful site with a large searchable database that provides considerable information on the various grades of polymers available. Here you can do some additional comparisons and research on the best material for your application.
When analyzing the potential value of converting metal to plastic components in your application, please consider these points:
* What temperatures will the plastic part be exposed to?
* What chemicals will the plastic part be exposed to?
* Does the part need to conduct heat, electricity, or have radio frequency shielding qualities?
* What tolerances are required for fit, form and function?
The answers to your application specific requirements should serve as a guide that will narrow down the list of potential plastic polymers to a manageable list that will suit your needs.
When called upon, we at Connecticut Plastics will work consistently with our customers to take costs out of the design, save projects or designs that are in trouble; and we have been integral in getting the customer’s device to market faster.