Plastic Components

Triple-layered polycarbonate laminated manifold used on BioSentinal
May 11, 2022

Talking One-on-One with NASA

Recently, Controlled Fluidics had the opportunity to interview the chief technologist for small payloads at NASA Ames, Dr. Antonio Ricco, and Mr. Matthew Chin, systems engineer at Ames. Controlled Fluidics produces machined plastic fluid supply manifolds for experiments conducted by NASA Ames. Dr. Ricco and Mr. Chin were kind enough to tell us more about…

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Bay Advanced Technologies Logo
April 8, 2022

Guest Interview: Bay Advanced Technology

We’ve got some fun news: Controlled Fluidics will now feature content exploring our work with our clients and referral partners. This is an exciting opportunity for everyone. We show how our products work, what problems they solve, and where they are used. Our partners get more exposure, and our connection strengthens. Today, we’re featuring an…

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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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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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Thermometer showing both Celsius and Fahrenheit
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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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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Blue transparent plastic fluidic manifold
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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