Metal to Plastic Conversion
Improve products, reduce costs and streamline the manufacturing process. These are just three reasons why engineers should ask if the metal components in their products can be converted to plastic. With advances that have been made in the innovation of engineered resins, new materials are available for injection molding that can imitate the performance properties of metal, and sometimes even improve upon them.
- Molding offers a limitless array of shapes that can have complex geometry.
- Close tolerances can be maintained.
- Design can consolidate parts, especially when two resins are combined using 2-shot molding to create additional performance features.
- Plastic construction can absorb impact and reduce noise in some mechanical assemblies.
- Improved consistency of production compared to metal fabrication.
- Eliminate secondary operations and their associated costs.
- Improved products increase customer satisfaction and can decrease warranty issues during the lifetime of the product.
- Reduced part weight can mean a decrease in the use of fossil fuels over the lifetime of the product.
- Less labor is needed when secondary operations are eliminated.
- Injection molding is a faster and more consistent method of manufacturing when compared with metal fabrication.
- In the design phase, tools are available to test engineered resins and predict their performance.