Metal To Plastic Conversions
Metal to plastic conversions focus on improving the product or component integrity while reducing overall weight and cost.
Plastic components are often superior when it comes to high impact strength, fatigue life, or recoverable deformation, and plastic parts can be molded into complex shapes at a much lower cost than machining metal components.
In addition to part weight reduction, consistent dimensions, and lower cost, metal to plastic conversions often result in enhanced performance and product value.
Metal to plastic conversion is used to improve products, reduce costs and streamline manufacturing.
- Designs consolidate parts and create additional performance features
- Ability for more complex shapes and geometries
- Opportunity to combine materials for enhanced features using multi-shot molding, overmolding or insert molding
- Increased strength and durability
- Enhanced decoration or labeling with in-mold decorating and labeling
- Improved aesthetics
- Ability to maintain close tolerances
- Plastic materials and construction absorb impact and reduce noise
- Lighter weight components for improved product performance
- Reduced secondary operations, such as painting, machining or assembly
- Improved production consistency
- Reduced part / product weight – reduced shipping and operating costs
- Product improvements resulting in increased customer satisfaction and decreased warranty issues
- Streamlined manufacturing cost savings
- Reduced scrap and waste
- Part consolidation
- Reduced labor and time, eliminating secondary operations and assembly
- Plastic injection molding is a faster and more consistent manufacturing process than metal fabrication
- Tools for testing materials and performance in the design phase predict performance