Plastic machined components are a necessary part of nearly every industry today. Plastic outperforms many other materials in applications that demand unique properties like resistance to corrosion and friction. From food and beverage processing equipment to advanced military applications, plastic parts are in service all around us. Plastics also serve a vital role in manufacturing, where low cost and ease of fabrication make it ideal for prototype part development.
Plethora’s plastic prototyping services feature our state-of-the-art multi-axis CNC milling and turning equipment to produce custom plastic parts for the following industries:
Plastics have physical properties that make them an ideal material choice for many applications. For example, plastics aren’t conductive and produce less friction while withstanding chemical contaminants. Plastics are inexpensive and lightweight, helping reduce projects’ cost budgets. This versatility not only makes plastics an essential part of production manufacturing around the world, but is also a key element of prototyping new parts.
Machine shops can use plastic to prototype a metal part for proof of concept or validating the part’s form and fit. Using plastic materials for rapid prototyping reduces the development time of a new product and cuts expenses. Additionally, CNC machining frequently augments prototype plastic parts bound for injection molding at higher-volume production. The steep startup cost of injection molding is not conducive to the iterative design cycle of product development, and engineers save time and money by machining their prototypes first.
Plethora offers many different types of plastic materials for prototyping, including the following:
These materials often allow lower-cost testing of form and fit. In addition to cost-effectiveness, plastic materials offer the following benefits:
With their durability and lower cost, plastic materials offer the most significant benefits depending on your part’s needs. However, there are some design considerations to be aware of when using plastics:
With the choice of plastic materials for your prototype part, Plethora will begin work on it right away. Your project will go through the following processes to ensure that the part we return to you adheres to the highest levels of quality:
Our online tools allow you to easily upload your part’s CAD model and specify the necessary materials and quantities. From there, our system will evaluate the part for manufacturing and report its findings back to you within seconds.
The online ordering and evaluation system will forward its data into our factory’s systems for part manufacturing. Our machinists will select from Plethora’s wide array of continuous 5-axis, 5-axis-indexed, and 3-axis mills, or lathes that support live tooling—to fabricate your part expertly.
Our QC teams work together with machinists to ensure that each part we build complies with documented quality standards. We are an ISO-9001 registered machine shop, and this quality culture extends throughout our company.
International Traffic in Arms Regulations has registered Plethora. Instituting the ITAR regulations requirements ensures the security of the hardware and data we work with for our military and defense industry clients.