The machine shop industry is one of the most important material removal and modification methods. It is a collection of material-working processes in which power-driven machine tools, such as saws, lathes, milling machines, and drill presses, are used with a sharp cutting tool to mechanically cut the material to achieve the desired geometry.
Advantages of plastics
The advantages of plastics for Machine Shops are numerous. Plastics are much lighter than metal, which equate into better fuel economy and cheaper to manufacture parts. Additionally, the lighter weight aids in safer material handling. Plastics can be designed to be impact and dent resistant, and modified for improved strength. Corrosion resistance, color and texture flexibility, the economical components and aesthetics are other advantages of plastics.
Materials Utilized Within Industry
Materials used by machine shops to create parts with characteristics outside of the range of non-plastic materials include Nylon, UHMW, ULTEM, Acetal/Delrin, PVC, PEEK, PET and PTFE (rod, tube and plate).
Makrolon and VIVAK clear sheet Light Transmission (minimum value)
VIVAK Copolyester Regulatory Information Sheet
VIVAK Copolyester sheet may lawfully be used as articles or components of articles intended for use in contact with food.
VIVAK® Cleaning Instructions
Techniques for cleaning VIVAK sheet based on standard industry practice.
Vivak® Thermoplastic Sheets
Easy to fabricate, form, bond and decorate, VIVAK Sheet is well suited for a variety of point of purchase and sign applications.
Vivak Matte PET-G
Vivak® Matte PET-G sheet is a clear matte surface sheet for non-glare requirements in a wide variety of applications.
Laird Plastics' standard line of Easy-To-Apply wear strips and adhesive backed tapes.
Prime LDPE 049
Machinists Tips - Milling
When face milling, use positive geometry cutter bodies. Quadrant Service & Support provides guidance when milling plastics.