Plastic Design Inc. has been providing expert plastic machining services since 1976, with continued emphasis on adapting our capabilities and materials to reflect the highest current standards and technology in the industry.
Our Anderson Exact CNC machining centers are equipped to handle any scale of production from a single prototype to full production runs with convenient lead times. These advanced machines also provide tight tolerances and high fidelity to customer specifications. Utilizing this CNC technology, we can cut, turn, mill, drill, and grind many plastic parts in a variety of forms that include sheets, rods, and miscellaneous shapes into parts ranging from 12-foot lengths and 5-foot widths.
Our diversity of materials, forms, tooling, and output specifications empowers our customers to exercise a wide degree of freedom when selecting their output component or part while also offering industry competitive pricing and timely services. We offer many materials in a variety of forms including sheet, bar, rod, extruded rod, tube, cast rod, miscellaneous shapes, and welding rods.
For maximum design freedom and optimal plastic machining, we have the following machines:
(1) Herco Hawk 30
(1) Tree Journeyman 325, CNC Mill
(2) Bridgeport Mills
(1) Enco Mill
(1) Romi M17 Lathe
(1) LeBLOND 24” lathe
(1) Goodway Lathe
We established quality control procedures consistent with ISO procedures, and our CNC plastic machined parts are used for many applications by various industries, including biomedical and pharmaceutical products, clean room equipment, storage equipment, wet process semiconductor equipment, and recreational marine products.
What Is Plastic Machining?
Plastic machining refers to a variety of subtractive processes that take a raw material form and shape it into the end piece by removing the excess substrate. The most common methods of removing the excess form material are cutting, turning, milling, drilling, and grinding.
Cutting, or sawing, is generally used to reduce sheets of plastic to their desired size or shape. Cutting generates high amounts of thermal energy to which certain plastics are sensitive; because of this, better material contingent options might be preferable in some situations.
Turning utilizes a lathe as well as CNC tooling to remove excess material. This ensures high design fidelity and excellent surface quality.
Similar to turning, milling utilizes rotating tooling rather than rotating the workpiece. There are multiple milling options, some more highly suited to a particular material than others.
Our skilled plastic machining technicians can drill small to large diameter holes through a plastic workpiece without deforming, cracking, or damaging the material. Similar to cutting, drilling generates large amounts of thermal energy.
Grinding is often used in conjunction with milling to remove plastic chips, flashing, burrs, and surface defects. Unlike milling, however, grinding does not use intermittent cutting, but rather continual contact removal to correct these imperfections and create highly functional plastic parts that stringently adhere to design specifications.
Producing plastic components through these processes carries significant advantages including a range of feasible dimensions, complex end part geometries, minuscule tolerances, a high degree of surface quality, and high design fidelity.