Why Choose Plastic Over Metal?

‚Äč Over the past decade, more and more companies are choosing plastic over metal. But why? There are many advantages to a metal-to-plastic conversion. The most common reasons companies are making this choice are for reducing weight, reducing cost, reducing thermal and electrical conductivity, consolidating parts, and eliminating human contact with h...
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The History of Plastic

Plastic has a diverse history. Originally discovered in nature and then perfected by man, plastics are now looking at a complicated future. When was plastic first discovered? All plastic is considered a polymer, which is a term that refers to a long repetitive chain of molecules. One value of plastic is that it can be shaped when soft and then reta...
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The History of Injection Molding

Injection molding has proven time and time again to be the best investment for manufacturers that are looking to speed up production processes while lowering material costs. Many people are surprised to learn just how long the injection molding process has existed. IVP Plastics is over 65 years old, but the first machine was patented over one hundr...
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Designing for Performance: Chapter 5 Metal to Plastic Conversion

Validate with Prototypes This is the fifth chapter on Designing for Performance: Validate with Prototypes. Our previous blog covered Optimize for Manufacturability. After being optimized for manufacturability, the part should be completed on paper with a CAD model that has been subjected to finite element analysis. Based on the market, customer exp...
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Designing For Performance: Chapter 4 - Metal to Plastic Conversion

This is the fourth chapter on Designing for Performance: Optimize for Manufacturability. Our previous blog covered Simulation Models & Analysis. There are many things to consider when designing a part, including manufacturability. This is something that is completed prior to producing prototype parts. For instance, any unnecessary fasteners wil...
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