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Plastic Machining and Plastic Prototypes With Engineering Assistance From Experts-The Solution

Machining Plastic is the perfect solution for many varied component needs in numerous critical industries however, most engineers may not have the necessary knowledge.

Many of the brightest, most talented engineers do not have the knowledge required in order to know what material is best for a component or plastic prototype need. Simply the reason being that until recently, plastic machining was not taught in engineering schools. Currently the presence of plastic machining courses is limited to only a small number of schools. In order to select the proper material, contact a plastic machining expert for design application assistance.

Design considerations when machining plastic are unique to plastic.  One with experience machining metal for example, would not be aware of these specifications.  When ordering plastic machined components or plastic prototypes, the following considerations are evaluated:

  • Thermosensitivity
  • Sensitivity to humidity and hygroscopic absorption
  • Sensitivity to chemicals and oils
  • Notch sensitive corners and square ID’s
  • Tolerances
  • High loads
  • High impact
  • Fatigue loading or cycle loading
  • Temperature
  • Electrical considerations
  • Wear resistance or abrasion resistance
  • Dimensional shape retention
  • Regulatory requirements (such as FDA or UL)
  • Appearance
  • Optical requirements
  • Whether or not part is for outdoor use

A plastic machining expert has the knowledge and expertise to help you select the best material for plastic machined parts and plastic prototypes according to the necessary specifications and considerations.

At EPP Corporation we provide design application, engineering, and purchasing assistant to all customers for both plastic machining production and fast plastic prototypes.

We also have an online plastic design as a free, excellent resource that compares different materials based on above criteria, as well as comparing the plastic materials side by side

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Plastic Machining:Plastic Prototypes Vendors, How To Select The Best

Guidelines For Selecting The Perfect Plastic Machining Vendor For Custom Prototypes

When selecting the right vendor for plastic prototypes, the process is similar to selecting the right plastic machining production vendor.  However, a greater emphasis on speed while maintaining the same quality of a production plastic machined component.  Of course, a great advantage is present for companies that get innovations to market fastest.  The goals of new product development are to create a revolutionary product, improve upon an existing product, or often to stay ahead of the competition.  Receiving FULLY FUNCTIONAL plastic prototypes fast will allow a company to reach and exceed those goals.

The following guidelines can help you locate a fully-qualified, cost effective plastic machining vendor for all your plastic machined components:

  1. Material Knowledge
  2. Purchasing Practices
  3. Equipment
  4. Quality and Price
  5. Looking For the Best

Focusing on plastic prototypes, here are the guidelines to follow to select the best plastic machining vendor for the job:

  1. Plastic prototypes produced and delivered in under a week
  2. Plastic prototypes are fully functional
  3. Highest quality for the tightest tolerances  (up to +/- .001″)
  4. Vendor capable of simple and complex designs
  5. Free application engineering

Not all plastic machining vendors are created equal, and capabilities may very depending on vendor.  Few plastic machining vendors are capable of turning around FULLY FUNCTIONAL plastic prototypes in under a week.  Plastic machining vendors should also provide contaminant free plastic machined components and plastic prototypes.  Speed, the highest quality, and full functionality are key in plastic prototyping for new products.  R&D budgets may have taken months to be approved, don’t delay production.

Contaminant free plastic prototypes is under a week, produced on plastic only equipment.  FULLY FUNCTIONAL from plastic machining experts EPP Corporation.  The ISO Certified experts in plastic machining to the critical instrumentation, medical, aerospace, fluid power, and medical industries at EPP are here for your plastic machining and fast plastic prototype needs.

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Plastic Machining:Eliminate High Administrative Costs Through Supply Chain Management

A plastic machining vendor with a proven supply chain system can save company the time and money associated with the constant placing of reoccurring orders. Certain plastic machined parts will be required on a repetitive basis, and why not focus on innovation instead?

The typical practice in ordering plastic machined parts is as follows:

The first cost associated with this practice is the cost of soliciting the quote and the analysis of the information. The admin time to issue the quote, phone, fax or email the plastic machined part request and collect the numbers can range from $15-50 per part depending on the company’s overhead which can result in a total cost of $45-150 to solicit three bids. The cost is multiplied by the number of times per year, which can be 2-3 times. That is $135-450 annual cost per part before an order is placed.

Instead when all reoccurring plastic machined component orders are placed at once using EPP’s proven supply chain management system, these additional costs are not necessary.  Place an order once per year on reoccurring plastic machined part needs, and save the time, as of course time is money.  Base your orders on previous historical custom plastic machined part usage, and if increases or decreases to plastic machined component needs do occur, give us at least 90 days in order to adjust the quantities to meet your changed quantity requirements.

In order to drive business, the focus needs to be on new product development, and going to market fast with the new products.  The focus can then be shifted to ordering plastic prototypes of components for new projects.  As time is of the essence in beating the competition, EPP offers its solution for fast plastic prototypes.  Have plastic prototypes machined in, and delivered in under a week.

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