Plastic Manufacturing Processes We Offer

plastic fabrication

Since 1991 we have been supplying customers with custom manufactured plastic components and assemblies. We now provide our customers with 18 distinct plastic processing technologies. As a result, we have the experience to review your design and then to specify the combination of processes that result in cost-effective production of your components and assemblies. If your plastic component design is more suited to a technology that we don’t offer, we will tell you so and we will try to point you in the right direction of where to look.

For many of our technologies we have a range of machines and equipment. Since each machine has its own capabilities, strengths and weaknesses, this means we are able to choose the method that produces your plastic components as efficiently as possible. Laser cutting is a case in point. Our equipment ranges from a 50 watt laser designed for engraving and cutting thin plastics up to a 1000 watt laser designed for cutting acrylic that is 40mm thick.

We work with manufacturers and product companies who require plastic components, assemblies or finished products made using one or more of the following processes:

Plastic Machining Processes:

  • laser cutting
  • saw cutting
  • blade cutting
  • routing
  • milling
  • drilling & tapping
  • turning
  • laser engraving

Thermoforming Processes:

  • line bending
  • drape moulding

Plastic Fabrication / Assembly Processes

  • bonding
  • welding
  • mechanical assembly
  • insert fitting
  • product packing

Finishing Processes:

  • polishing
  • heat treatment
  • printing

With our breadth of processing expertise, we are also able to offer our customers design-for-manufacture advice. If a feature is manufacturable but costly to make, we will let you know and suggest an alternative design that would be less expensive. We aim to help you tweak your designs to keep costs down and quality high.

If you want to find out more, you can read an overview of our processes below. If you are interested in finding out more about a specific process, you can click one of the categories to the left. Alternatively, you are welcome to ring us or email us to discuss how our technologies can be employed to manufacture your plastic components or assemblies.

Plastic Machining

Our plastic machining capabilities focus on our range of CNC controlled machining beds up to 3 metres x 2 metres. These large beds allow for the fast and efficient machining of all grades of plastic sheet and block materials. In particular, mid to high volume components and large scale components both make best use of our plastic machining capacity. As the equipment is computer controlled, the end result is consistency of quality and batch-to-batch repeatability. For more detailed information about plastic machining, click here

CNC Routing

Our 3 axis routers are designed for rapid production of plastic components from sheet materials. Vacuum hold down allows for quick loading of sheets and unloading of finished components. Our machine software allows us to nest different items on a single sheet which results in better yields with less waste. Auto tool changers allow us to produce components more efficiently. We are able to datum either the bed of the machine or the surface of the material which means your critical z axis dimensions are controlled as best as possible on components made from sheet materials. For more detailed information about CNC routing, click here.

Acrylic Fabrication

Acrylic fabrication is a subset of plastic fabrication. However, as many acrylic components and assemblies are made from clear material, the skill, experience and care of the acrylic fabricator becomes paramount to ensure a quality job. Our plastic fabricators specialise in making components for demanding technical applications such as lab equipment and also in high visual quality applications such as display stands for artistic works. For more detailed information, click here.

Laser Cutting

Laser cutting is a cost effective process for profiling components from sheet plastic materials. We have possibly the widest range of plastic laser cutting equipment in the country – from a 50 watt engraving laser to a 1000 watt twin head machine. Our laser cutting services encompass the full range acrylic materials and thicknesses – plus selected polypropylene, polyester and the wide range of plastic laminate sheets and films.
For more information on laser cutting, click here

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