As the old saying goes, “It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks”-Like converting metal parts to plastic.
We discussed in our last blog, when done properly, parts converted from metal-to-plastic benefit from:
- Cost reduction
- Improve functionality
- Design Freedom
But what industries benefit from metal-to-plastic part conversion? Three of the major industries we have helped are the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries.
The automotive and aerospace industries are converting parts to plastic in order to reduce vehicle weight, and to meet tougher federal emissions standards. The reason for the latter is that certain plastics are chemically and heat resistant. These plastics can be utilized in the fuel and fluid handling systems.
A major reason we have seen the medical industry utilize metal-to-plastic conversion is for device ergonomics. Plastic products can be easier, such as molding a handle that is hard plastic, but the grip area is a soft rubber. Another reason for metal-to-plastic conversion is that plastic has a lower thermal conductivity. Therefore, plastic parts may not be cold to the touch, which allows the patient to be more comfortable when the product is in use.
We have helped a lot of customers over various industries with metal-to-plastic conversion. Contact us to consult with our team about the feasibility of converting your metal products to plastic.