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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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 – including 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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June 19, 2018

Five Plastics that Can Take the Heat and How Controlled Fluidics Uses them in Projects

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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May 1, 2018

Four Signs You Need Controlled Fluidics for Your 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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