Types of Plastic Fabrication Service

November 5, 2016 5:01 pm Published by

At D&D Plastics, we provide a wide variety of plastic fabrication services. There are quite a few different methods of plastic fabrication, each of which can be used to achieve different goals and purposes.

Here are a few of those most common methods of plastic fabrication service in Orem, UT:

  • Plastic welding: You are likely familiar with metal welding, which involves melting two or more pieces of metal together. The process is essentially the same with plastic—it’s just much easier to melt plastic. It is a particularly useful process for handling various types of thermoplastics that are otherwise unsuitable for binding with adhesives. Plastic welding can be performed by using methods such as hot gas emissions, spinning, contact welding or high-frequency vibration.
  • Compounding: Also known as “blending,” compounding is a process that combines two or more plastics into one large amalgam before then forming it into one part. In this process, you mix molten plastics according to specifications and then mold them with a die or other type of shaping tool.
  • Lamination: Plastic lamination creates a barrier of plastic along the surface of a material. You have probably seen laminated paper, for example, but many other types of materials can also be laminated. Film and resin are the most common examples of lamination. Each of those processes involves the application of pressure and heat to a laminated film to adhere it to a moving substrate.
  • Molding: Molding is used in compounding, but is a fabricating process of its own as well. Plastic is formed into a certain shape by hardening around or inside a mold or die. Examples of specific types of molding include rotational molding, injection molding and blow molding, among others. Injection molding is usually used for applications that need a higher melt index, while blow molding is typically used for making containers. Rotational molding, meanwhile, is meant for creating hollow plastic products.
  • Plastic foaming: Foam products can be turned into a number of different shapes. Common examples of these types of shapes and configurations include sheet, round, bun stock, rod, solid plank and more. To achieve the specific shape of choice, the process of physical or chemical blowing is used to form polymer composites.
  • Plastic extrusion: This process is typically used to make tubing, sheeting components and piping. It can also be used as an additional step to enhance other forming or fabricating processes. It is often used as a lead-up to lamination or adhesion, for example. The most common forms of plastic extrusion include sheet extrusion and profile extrusion.

These are just a few examples of the most common forms of plastic fabrication. Just about any manufacturer that creates products that involve plastic components is either going to need to engage in these processes themselves, or outsource the plastic fabrication process to another company.

If you are interested in learning more about our plastic fabrication service in Orem, UT, feel free to reach out to our trusted team of experts today at D&D Plastics.

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