3 Ways to Reduce Cost

Plastic components can be the key to making an effective, efficient product. It is in widespread use by many industries, including medical, aeronautics, defense, petrochemical, and oil drilling industries because of the precision it offers. Another very important factor in using plastic is the cost. While it may be the crucial to a successful product, it can also be the key to staying within budget – and even saving money. Here are three ways that plastic can reduce the cost of your next project.

Machining Process

A good machining shop will work with your engineers to choose the most appropriate materials for your end product which will prevent costly mistakes and build in durability. The process itself also saves you money in a few different ways:

  • High quality plastic is typically less expensive than high quality metal.
  • Plastic is malleable, making it easier and quicker to form into more complex designs. Easier and quicker translates into more money saved.
  • You can produce custom low-volume products less expensively than you can with molding, which is better suited to mass quantities.
  • Engineering changes are possible without the retooling that injection molded components need.
  • One-step manufacturing. With a mold, you may have to make modifications after the initial process to meet your specifications. With plastic, you don’t need the secondary step.

Time is money, and no one knows that better than someone waiting for a custom component. Plastic machining is ideal because turn-around times are very quick. Precision machined products do not require the type of finishing that metal or even molded plastic do. This saves an extra step as well. You can have your part so you meet project deadlines. This can allow a product to come to market more quickly, earning you revenue. But it can also free you up to move on to the next project.

The End Product

After the machining process, plastic will still save you money. The aircraft industry, for instance, has been transitioning to plastic and composite components because of the reduced manufacturing costs but also the reduced operating costs. Aircraft that uses composite and plastic are lighter; less weight means less fuel consumed.

Other things to consider when choosing plastic for a machined component. Plastic is far more resistant to the elements and can handle even the harshest conditions (extreme heat, salt, water, UV rays, etc.) and maintain performance. There are a variety of different plastics available offering everything from insulative, to conductive, wear resistant, structural or chemical resistant properties. With the help of a good machine shop there are probably multiple polymers available to meet your design or product needs.

When you need precision while staying on budget and on schedule, plastic machining is the logical choice. The advantages are endless, as are the potential applications.


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