IAPD

September 2010 | Focus: Plastics Machining

Machinable engineering plastics offer unique solutions for aerospace
Machinable engineering plastics have been used in aerospace applications for over 40 years. Materials such as nylon 6/6 and acetal have routinely been used as wear surfaces, rub strips, brackets, grommets, and fasteners in areas where environmental and performance issues meet the capability of the polymer. Some of these applications have been injection molded, while many are machined from stock shapes. Machinable engineering plastics in the form of rods, sheets and heavy-wall tubes offer unique solutions for the aerospace industry. Read more.


Getting the edge on retail marketing
The market for luxury and high-end goods, such as perfumery, fashion accessories, jewelry and personal electronics, is rapidly growing, with the United States estimated to represent more than 30 percent of this $150 billion global market. Luxury brand owners are taking steps to more effectively differentiate their products and truly convey their value with superior in-store marketing displays. Retail designers are consequently facing increased pressure to create store fixtures that deliver a premium look on all sides, including edges. Due to its durability and excellent clarity, PETG sheet has become a popular material option for attractive and long-lasting point-of-purchase creations. Read more.

 


Tips for machining PEEK and PAI
PEEK (polyetheretherketone) and PAI (polyamide-imide) are high-performance plastics that, on the strength of their outstanding properties, can be used in an extraordinary number of application areas. PEEK is a high-temperature-resistant thermoplastic suitable for wire and cable coatings, film, automotive engine parts, aerospace components and advanced structural composites. The wholly aromatic structure of PEEK contributes to its high-temperature performance. Read more.

 


Introduction to thermoplastics welding in industrial fabrication
The use of thermoplastic materials is not well known in the overall world of fabricated products. While  thermoplastics may have limitations with regard to the operating temperature or operating pressure of a fabricated structure, they very often present an excellent alternative to metals due to some inherent characteristics. Depending on the application, thermoplastics may far outlast metals in the areas of corrosion, resistance to chemicals or abrasion. One rapidly growing area of thermoplastics is in piping systems — for example, in applications for water, sewer, drainage, irrigation, natural gas, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Read more.

 


The most common problems in plastic routing
The diversity of plastic material in the industry today makes it almost impossible to avoid some kind of machining problem. Plastic varies greatly through the manufacturing process, and these differences — combined with a multitude of applications — can serve as a precursor for problems. The focus of this discussion will be the most common of these plastic routing problems. However, before tackling the problems, a few basic premises should be reviewed. Read more.

 

 

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Machinable engineering plastics offer unique solutions for aerospace
Machinable engineering plastics have been used in aerospace applications for over 40 years.

Getting the edge on retail marketing
The market for luxury and high-end goods is rapidly growing, with the United States estimated to represent more than 30 percent of this $150 billion global market.

Tips for machining PEEK and PAI
PEEK (polyetheretherketone) and PAI (polyamide-imide) are high-performance plastics that can be used in many application areas.

Introduction to thermoplastics welding in industrial fabrication
The use of thermoplastic materials is not well known in the overall world of fabricated products.

The most common problems in plastic routing
The diversity of plastic material in the industry today makes it almost impossible to avoid some kind of machining problem.

 

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