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 >
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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 >
For plastic molding projects, the quality and performance of a finished product start with its design. Several molding processes, like Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) and Reaction Injection Molding (RIM), are ideal for accommodating molded-in components that can improve both part quality and performance. Incorporating these composite materials can improve structural integrity or reduce secondary operations. When designed properly, complex plastic molded parts incorporating these components can result in lower production costs and higher strength. Read more >
Polydicyclopentadiene (pDCPD) is a highly engineered thermoset polymer with exceptional physical properties including plastic impact resistance, chemical and corrosion resistance, impact strength, stiffness, and heat resistance. Perfect for rough and demanding environments, pDCPD is used in thousands of applications where large, strong, and aesthetically pleasing parts are required.
The design freedom of pDCPD has virtually no limitation on part size or weight. It delivers the molding flexibility of a thermoset, but with characteristics similar to expensive engineered thermoplastics. Read more >
Reaction Injection Molded (RIM) components feature a combination of unique physical properties not found in thermoplastics or metal. Incredible impact and corrosion resistance makes RIM-molded thermosetting resins like polyurethane and polydicyclopentadiene (pDCPD) an excellent choice for original equipment manufacturer’s (OEMs) whose equipment must withstand harsh conditions. RIM plastics excel in high temperature, highly corrosive, and extremely abrasive environments.