Controlled Fluidics Blog

Closeup of plastic CNC machining
October 28, 2021

Questions About Plastic CNC Machining

Your Questions on Plastic CNC Machining, Answered Controlled Fluidics practices precision and excellence from quote to finished product.  We use 5-axis CNC machines to produce customized plastic bonding and assembly work for each client.  We maintain our place at the forefront of utilizing the newest technologies and practices for precision plastic machining and manifold fabrication. …

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A collection of turned plastic parts used primarily in the life science industry
August 24, 2021

Plastic Manifolds for Medical, Research, and Life Science Applications

If your company produces medical,research, or life science devices, you should consider the advantages of components that utilize plastic manifolds. Bonded manifolds are uniquely capable of meeting the precise requirements of healthcare and life sciences, providing control of gas and chemicals. In addition, you can build many system components into manifolds, such as pumps, flow…

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Clear layered bonded manifold made from polycarbonate
July 27, 2021

Choosing the Best Plastics for Bonded Manifolds

Bonded manifolds offer a variety of benefits. Ease of design flexibility means manufacturers like Controlled Fluidics can create intricate channels in almost any configuration. Controlled Fluidics’ low pressure bonding technology means channels retain their shape throughout the bonding process. The strength of the bond itself is another advantage. Capable of handling pressures to 150 psi,…

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Amber-colored bonded manifold created from ultem plastic
July 16, 2021

What is a Bonded Manifold?

If you’ve spent time on our website, you are likely to encounter the term “bonded manifold.” But what exactly is a bonded manifold, and do you need one? The field of fluidics, like electronics, requires ever-smaller components as services (such as hand-held on-chip detection devices, nano-pumps for continuous drug delivery, and micro-power generators and micro-propulsion…

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Machined plastic parts can be complex to manufacture
March 15, 2021

Problem Solving with Difficult Plastic Parts

At Controlled Fluidics, we pride ourselves on solving our customers’ problems, no matter the challenge. Sometimes that means figuring out how to manufacture complex plastic parts involving tight tolerances, complicated geometries, and unstable materials. In fact, we have pushed the boundaries of plastic machining to help our customers design and create some of the world’s…

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Photo with several different micro machined parts.
February 16, 2021

Micro Manufacturing

Controlled Fluidics is a world class manufacturer of micro machined plastic components. We have the capabilities to produce micro components (in large or small quantities) to customers’ specifications and hold to tolerances of +/- .0005 or better.  When you are micro manufacturing plastic parts as tiny as .0005 in diameter, the parts can actually be…

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November 18, 2020

Controlled Fluidics Helps Fight COVID-19

*Updated May 27, 2021. When a global pandemic hits, there are some professions you expect to become essential: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocery store clerks, helpdesk workers at Zoom, and…the employees at Controlled Fluidics. That’s right. You may not have realized it, but COVID-19 created a demand for plastic machined products, particularly those that go inside…

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September 1, 2020

Introducing the new Controlled Fluidics Website

Have you taken a spin around the Controlled Fluidics website lately?  If not, it’s worth a minute of your time to see what’s new. With the following a new website design project, visitors can now enjoy three websites for the price of one. Controlled Fluidics has two sides to its business: bonded manifolds and machined…

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March 19, 2019

Controlled Fluidics: A Look Behind the Curtain

A lot changes over thirty years, and plastic machining and manifolds are no exception. To say Controlled Fluidics engineers have seen the precision plastic machining industry change is a gross understatement. Today, we use cutting edge technology, innovative design, and new polymers to create components destined for applications that were still in the realm of…

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January 30, 2019

Understanding Extreme Operating Conditions and the Plastic Components that can Withstand Them

You can find plastic machined parts and manifolds as critical parts of devices in almost any environment: from cell counters in a climate-controlled lab to components on the International Space Station. When machining components that must perform in an extreme environment, a good engineer understands that selecting the right material is a critical step. One…

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December 7, 2018

Three Ways a 5-Axis CNC Machine Improves the Plastic Machining Process

Advances in technology depend on increasingly-complex components. Plastic machined components and manifolds are no exception and must perform accurately and consistently in more demanding environments than ever before. While expert engineers can design components that will withstand almost any operating conditions, the process of machining these components can be time-consuming and expensive. Fortunately, advances in…

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COP manifolds like this one improve patient safety in medical applications
October 31, 2018

Polymer Medical Components: Making the Medical Industry Safer for Patients

When engineering devices with medical applications, it’s critical to keep patient safety at the center of all design choices. Fortunately for the engineers working on medical components, polymers combine the positive properties of glass and metal with unique properties that create better, safer components. Increased use of polymers in medical applications – along with the…

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September 10, 2018

A Guide to Plastic Polishing

When a project calls for optically clear or smooth components, it’s simple to turn to glass or quartz as a material solution. However, while either material will produce an optically clear or smooth product, polished plastic may be the better choice. Polished plastic offers all the benefits of plastic polymers. It offers durability, lightness, or…

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July 31, 2018

Plastic vs Metal: Why You Should Choose Plastic Machined Parts over Metal Components

When your manifold or precision component project is in its early stages, material selection is just as critical to success as the design itself. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to narrow down your options to the one ideal choice. It might be tempting to simply choose a material that has worked fine in the past,…

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plastic machining part made from COP
June 19, 2018

Plastic Machining Projects: Five Plastics that Can Take the Heat

A successfully completed high-performance plastic machined part or manifold performs consistently well under even the most stressful of conditions. While final success depends on many factors falling into place, selecting the right material for the job is essential to get you on the right track. At Controlled Fluidics, our engineers are well-versed in the many…

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Clear manifold designed for medical devices
May 1, 2018

Four Signs You Need Controlled Fluidics for Your Custom Plastic Machining or Manifold Project

Are you in the beginning stages of planning a plastic machining or manifold project? You’ve clarified what kind of product you need, the specifications it needs to meet, and the environment in which it will need to perform. Now it’s time to wade into the world of design, material selection, and production. The expert team…

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