Plastic components are often superior when it comes to high impact strength, fatigue life, or recoverable deformation, and plastic parts can be moulded 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 moulding, overmoulding or insert moulding
- Increased strength and durability
- Enhanced decoration or labelling with in-moulding decorating and labelling
- 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 labour and time, eliminating secondary operations and assembly
- Plastic injection moulding is a faster and more consistent manufacturing process than metal fabrication
- Tools for testing materials and performance in the design phase predict performance