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Why should a designer switch from a Metal to a Thermoplastic?

Thermoplastic components offer a number of benefits over metal counterparts including lower costs, lower weight, resistance to corrosion, and available molded-in tolerances.  Color and surface finishes are possible.


How do Thermoplastic components cost less than metal counterparts?


 Thermoplastic components provide lower tooling costs, part consolidation, and molded-in tolerances that eliminate costly secondary machining processes. Thermoplastics components as well have excellent chemical resistance properties. Thermoplastics parts also lend themselves to ease of assembly and value added steps thus reducing cost. Reduced cycle times can as well increase profitability.

What are the industries which have benefitted from thermoplastic conversion?

The automotive industry has been using thermoplastic components for a variety of under-the-hood and interior components, not to mention the use of thermoplastics on exterior body parts. Almost every industry has made strides in the use of thermoplastics and the future is wide open.

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Thermoplastics have become a superior choice for many applications traditionally made of metal. Beneficial properties of thermoplastics include lower weight, resistance to heat and corrosion, and available molded-in tolerances. Thermoplastic components can be developed with a variety of desired colors and surface finishes. 

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