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Plastic Machining | Plastic Machining Company

The plastic machining process begins with a set of 3D files used to operate the machining centre, and will machine directly into a plastic block, which is in turn used to shape the plastic, part itself. After the process, the part receives surface treatment and submitted to quality control (using tools such as callipers and micrometres), and any finishes are applied, before being released to the world.


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Several techniques are used within the CNC process to obtain the makeup of the specific bespoke shapes, and each plastic machining technique has its own machine. Examples of production methods include turning, milling and drilling.

At the very beginning of the plastic machining process, it is very important to ensure the 3D files are correct. Analysing these will provide you with invaluable information about the feasibility of the end product and an approximate cost going off the material. In order to minimise the cost and optimise production of the bespoke plastic parts, the geometric makeup can be altered. Some areas within the 3D design files may not be feasible with the current technologies, or you may wish to change the design after seeing an approximation of how it would look. Drafting, redrafting and undercutting are important elements of any design, and cannot be underestimated in Plastic Machining Services either.

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Lathing technology provides you with that perfect finish, regardless of the nature of your part, and gives the products real clarity for the eyes, as well as ensuring your plastic component is of the highest quality. This technology is equipped with milling heads and sub spindles, to ensure your unique designs are realised, while being efficient in terms of turnaround times. Other aspects of Plastic Machining Services include annealing (or stress relieving) of the products, which can improve the longevity of the plastics.

Polishing is also key to the plastic machining process, and can be summarised into three types. Flame polishing uses a hot flame to flow a surface, and can produce an incredibly clear finish (particularly on acrylic plastic) when done right. Vapour polishing uses a chemical vapour to attack the surface of the plastic, allowing it to flow and generally freeing it up, whereas mechanical polishing is the most common (and easiest) method, but can leave very fine scratches on the product.

The prices of materials may vary from one to another quite considerably, and the same principle applies to the characteristics of the material itself, and some materials may not be appropriate for your desired product due to its chemical makeup. Materials have varying characteristics, and are not compatible with some CAD software (for example, uniquely shaped hinges are usually manufactured using vacuum casting rather than a CAD process).

Why not contact us today?

We are more than happy to answer any question that you may on the different plastic machining processes that we use,or even give you a quote on the work you would like to be carried out. So, call now on 01924 220 050 and one of our expert team will gladly answer any queries you may have.

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Vaplas Ltd
Unit 6 Tuscany Court
Express Way
West Yorkshire
P: 01924 220 050