10 Plastics Machine Shops Use in 2016

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10 Plastics Machine Shops Use in 2016 - Thursday, February 25, 2016

Plastics Machine Shops Can Work With

There are many common materials in custom machining. Digital Machining Systems machines plastic components for a range of industries that span from aerospace to energy, water treatment to medical, laboratory equipment and oil and gas.

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The plastics we machine include the following:


  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
  • Acrylic
  • Delrin
  • Fiberglass
  • Nylon
  • Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK)
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyurethane
  • Poly (Vinyl Chloride) (PVC)
  • Teflon
  • Torlon
  • Turcite
  • Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene (UHMW)


Here is a closer look at most of these:




Shatter-resistant acrylic has the ability to transmit distortion-free light, while offering insulation as a lightweight material. This property makes it an easy substitute for many glass and plastic materials. Communications, chemical, and automotive industries are some of the many fields that take advantage of acrylics’ thermal properties and high machinability.


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The thermoplastics known as polyoxymethylene (POMs) include the DuPont-branded product Delrin. Its good wear, dimensional stability, and ability to operate in wet situations makes Delrin a great choice for a multitude of applications, especially pump and valve components. Bushings, bearings, and electrical insulator parts are also frequently crafted with Delrin.




Impact and fatigue resistance mark the start of the advantages of using fiberglass. Its low thermal and electrical conductivity makes it ideal for a variety of projects. Fiberglass is frequently used in everything from sports equipment to automobiles to electrical insulation.




With its resistance to wear and abrasion, and the ability to take an impact, is it any wonder that Nylon is one of the most used plastics in the world? Although it is not moisture resistant, it can handle contact with alkalis, dilute acids, oxidizing agents, and chemicals.

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Often used in industrial applications, as well as the medical and food and beverage industry, PEEK handles water and chemical resistance at high temperatures. It is an especially good fit for applications that will experience hot water or steam for long periods of time.




Strong like metal, polyurethane is long-wearing, especially when abrasion is an issue. It can withstand the elements, offers cold, heat, and abrasion resistance, and can provide noise reduction. Fats, greases, oils, and even gasoline can’t penetrate this high flex-life material.




Versatile and tough, machined polycarbonate is transparent and a perfect complement to electronic applications. Elastic properties help it keep its strength, even against heat and acid.




This dense, synthetic fluorocarbon-based polymer has a mechanical strength ideal for a number of parts and purposes. Its chemical resistance is astounding, thus making it a popular material in the industrial equipment, aerospace, and electronics fields.




Non-stop 500°F (260°C) temps don’t damage this tough material. Receive dimensional stability throughout its entire use-range thanks to its extremely low coefficient of linear thermal expansion and high creep resistance.




Cost-effective and chemically resistant, Turcite® is essentially a polytetrafluoroethylene

(PTFE) that is a self-lubricating thermoplastic. It is not only water resistant, but it can withstand a large range of temperature. Acetal-based, it is available in two grades: Turcite® A and Turcite® X.




Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, or UHMW, meets FDA, USDA, and 3-A Dairy requirements. It is stain, wear, odor, solvent, and chemical resistant. The noise-reducing and lightweight plastic is ideal for material handling and the food and beverage industry.


Digital Machining Systems can machine of all the materials listed above—and more.


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