Manufacturers in nearly every industry use prototypes to test new products and how they work in real-world situations. It’s a cost-effective way to iron out any issues with a product or part and is an essential step before beginning mass production. Plastic prototypes can be made using a variety of methods, including 3D printing and rapid injection molding. Prototyping plastic components on products isn’t really different from prototyping with other materials, requiring manufacturers to follow the same basic process. Read more >
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The plastics industry has a long history in the USA, going back to the early part of the 19th century. In 1907, plastics made from synthetic materials were first developed by Leo Baekeland in the USA. Injection molding machines were invented even earlier, in 1872, by a prolific inventor by the name of John Wesley Hyatt, a New Yorker. Read more >
While used to make paints, adhesives and inks, dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) resin also offers a means to fabricate a variety of larger components through the use of reaction injection molding (RIM) techniques. A thermoset plastic used as a substitute for metals and concrete, DCPD is used in the fabrication of boat hulls, decks, farm machinery, fan shrouds, panels on vehicle bodies, protective shielding and other products that need to withstand high impacts and fatigue. Read more >
Leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across the globe have relied on the highly engineered thermoset polymer, polydicyclopentadiene (pDCPD), for the most demanding applications for decades. Today, with over 25 years of experience in working with DCPD, Osborne Industries, Inc., is pleased to offer its custom molding services with pDCPD in a variety of colors customized to match OEM equipment and products. Read more >
In general, plastics are classified as either thermoplastic or thermosetting plastics. Thermoplastic materials form easily with pressure and heat, which then become solid upon cooling. These materials can also be reprocessed into new forms when exposed to additional pressure and heat. Thermosetting materials, however, act more like concrete, and thus cannot be reshaped once processed and molded. Due to their versatility, the use of thermoplastics is far more common in society. However, thermosetting materials are often better suited for specific industries and applications. Read more >
Heat resistant materials are important for components that need to withstand high temperatures, whether the heat is generated artificially – as is the case with materials exposed to continuous friction or abrasion – or naturally due to climatic or environmental extremes. While both metals and ceramics have heat resistant qualities, metals corrode easily and ceramics are extraordinarily brittle. Heat resistant plastics have unique properties that allow them to outperform metals and ceramics. Along with resistance to high temperatures, heat resistant polymers will neither corrode like metals nor break like ceramics, and tend to be more durable than other materials. Read more >
Composite materials are made by combining two or more substances with differing physical properties. The best composites are made from materials that complement each other, combining the strengths of the individual ingredients to create a new material that has the best characteristics of each. Plastic composites are no different, and contain fillers, powders, particles, fibers and other reinforcing materials to improve rigidity, strength or other aspects to suit a variety of purposes. Read more >
Plastics encompass a wide array of materials and molding processes used to create finished parts. Typical injection molding involves heating thermoplastic or thermosetting plastic polymers and injecting them into a mold where it conforms to the mold cavity, cools and hardens. Other molding processes, like Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), involve injecting or spraying liquid thermosetting materials into a mold with reinforcing fibers, like fiberglass. Typical plastic molding can be done two ways: either by closed molding or open molding. In simple terms, plastic resin exposed to the atmosphere during curing is known as open molding, while that which is not exposed to air during curing is known as closed molding. Each type of molding has its place within the plastics industry, with advantages and disadvantages for each. Read more >
Custom plastic parts require production methods and tools that can deliver with precision. If one measurement, trim pattern, or hole is off even slightly throughout that process, it can result in scrapped parts that don’t match customer specifications. Fortunately for Osborne’s growing group of leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), automated CNC machining services are available to ensure accuracy with every round of production.
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It’s no secret that both thermosetting plastics and thermoplastics play a significant role in the world today, but with so many different material properties, it can be difficult to determine which one is appropriate for a specific application. How do you determine which material is best?
Two popular plastics with somewhat similar material properties are UHMWPE and pDCPD, both of which offer unique benefits to fabrication and the applications in which they are used. Below, we compare and contrast these two key players to help you decipher which will work best for your application. Read more >