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Plastic Design 101: A Guide to Thermoforming and Injection Molding

September 21, 2021 7:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Plastic is an amazing material with a nearly infinite number of useful applications. Manufacturers in just about every industry use plastic components in their operations, and consumers have come to expect to see plastic employed in all kinds of ways. Here’s a basic plastic design guide for thermoforming and injection molding to help you understand some of the key concepts of plastic-component fabrication. Thermoforming The thermoforming process involves melting plastic sheets into a predetermined shape. The plastic is heated to a very high temperature, enhancing its malleability and allowing it to be formed and shaped without risk of cracking or breaking. Once the plastic sheets are heated, they’re pulled down onto a mold, which is the inverse of the final,... View Article

Applications Best Suited for ABS Plastic Sheets

September 7, 2021 7:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In the manufacturing industry, there’s a large variety of different plastics that lend themselves to specific applications due to their inherent characteristics. Strength, durability, texture, melting point and other factors must be taken into account when choosing the right plastic material for a project. One of the most common plastics is ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), or engineering plastic. Manufacturers often replace other types of plastic with ABS sheets—it’s a low-cost alternative that provides enhanced durability compared to other options. Here are some of the applications that are best suited for this form of plastic material. 3D-printed components The 3D printing industry has exploded in recent years as technology continues to develop, and ABS plastics are being widely used in the... View Article

What You Should Know About Polymer Applications for Medical Care

August 20, 2021 2:31 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It goes without saying that the medical community played the number one role in combating the coronavirus pandemic and helping to restore life to (almost) normal conditions. But one could argue that medical professionals couldn’t have done it without the help of polymer products. Continue reading to learn more about how polymers and plastic thermoforming helped throughout the pandemic. Medical devices made of polymers It’s hard to look anywhere without seeing a product that’s at least partially made of plastic, especially in the medical community. While many plastic products played an important role during the pandemic, these are two of the ones that helped the most: Face shields: In addition to face masks, most medical professionals wore additional personal protective... View Article

It’s Business as Usual, Thanks to Plexiglass

August 6, 2021 2:31 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The COVID-19 pandemic posed a significant problem for essential businesses that stayed open throughout the lockdowns: Besides enforcing a mask mandate, how else could owners keep their employees safe? The answer for many businesses was installing plastic barriers between customers and employees. Continue reading to learn a little bit more about how the plastic fabrication of these shields helped reduce transmission while ensuring businesses could remain open throughout the pandemic. How does plexiglass keep employees safe? Plexiglass shields kept employees out of harm’s way by blocking any cough droplets or other particles known to spread COVID-19. As long as the plexiglass was cleaned routinely, everyone could rest easy knowing they weren’t going to catch the virus. But just because employees... View Article

The Methods of Plastic Fabrication

July 22, 2021 2:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Plastic fabrication is a term that refers to the process of designing, manufacturing and/or assembling products made with plastic through various methods. Plastics come with certain inherent advantages that make plastic design a better option than using other materials in certain settings and applications. Here’s a quick look at some of the specific methods that are used to fabricate plastic: Lamination: Plastic lamination involves the creation of a barrier on the surface of another material. This is done to improve the existing product’s durability and aesthetics. Usually this is performed on materials that are prone to deterioration so you can reduce the need for maintenance. Examples of materials that are most likely to serve as base materials for lamination include... View Article