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Where Do Recycled Manufacturing Materials Come From?

March 10, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Recycled manufacturing materials are made from a variety of formerly used products. The products are collected and shipped to a recycling plant that breaks them down into their basic substances. Some materials are especially conducive for recycling. Plastics are among the most recycled substances and among the most widely used products in the world. If you have wondered how plastic recycling works, the answer is simple. There are three basic steps to recycling plastics. Sorting Plastics for Recycling Plastics must be sorted based on the type of materials used to make a particular type of plastic. Some types of plastic are durable and capable of being recycled one or more times. Others might be biodegradable and intended to be thrown... View Article

When To Use Plexiglass as a Building Material

March 7, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For decades, plexiglass has been a go-to building material for a variety of projects. Because of its strength and durability, it is often preferred over glass. Not only is plexiglass strong and versatile, but it is also considered much safer than glass. Let’s look at a few of the ways plexiglass can be used for your building projects. Windows If you are looking for glass alternatives for windows, acrylic windows might be a good option for you. You will get the same look and feel like glass but without safety and security concerns. In addition to these benefits, plexiglass is also a more cost-effective option. If staying within a strict budget is an important aspect of your construction projects, this... View Article

Acrylic vs. Polycarbonate

February 17, 2022 6:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Want to know the difference between acrylic and polycarbonate? These two top choices for plastic fabrication—acrylic sheets and polycarbonate panels—are ideal for use in a broad range of applications. They’re both lightweight materials (typically half the weight of comparably-sized sheets of glass), and they both offer incredible strength and flexibility. Read on to discover some of the key similarities and differences between these two products. Acrylic plastic Acrylic plastic is a general term for a variety of plastics marketed under trademark names including Plexiglas, Lucite, Perspex, Altuglas, Polycast and more. Most people typically associate Plexiglas with acrylic plastic, but each trademark product has slightly different characteristics. Acrylic plastic is a polymer—a material made of various materials linked together in long... View Article

How to Develop a Plastic Prototype for the First Time

February 3, 2022 6:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Have a product idea in mind and want to turn it into a reality? The plastic fabrication process is ideal if you’re looking to create quick, useful prototypes to test out your designs. Here’s a brief guide on how to develop a plastic prototype for the first time. Refine your concept No matter what type of product you’re designing, the first step in the prototyping process is getting your ideas down on paper. Create a concept sketch of your idea to help you visualize the final product in detail. While you can use digital tools for this step, it’s often easier to create rapid rough sketches rather than investing your time perfecting a rendering. Create a CAD model After you... View Article

Understanding the Thermoforming Process

January 18, 2022 8:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Thermoforming is the process of heating a material to its forming temperature before molding the material into a desired shape. The ancient Romans were actually the first people to use thermoforming by soaking turtle shells in hot water to make them pliable enough to form bowls and eating utensils. Nowadays, we practice plastic thermoforming every day at D&D Plastics. With plastics, we stretch a plastic sheet over a mold and warm the sheet until it becomes pliable. Once it’s warm, it’s applied to the mold using a vacuum, air pressure or even a second mold. After the plastic cools and hardens, we cut it into pieces and ship them out. This is a fast process that we rely on for... View Article