Resources

We've gathered the most useful information here so you can make the best and most informed decisions about your next project with us.

Design Guides & How-Tos

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Read our expert-backed design guide for bonded plastic manifolds and other items to guide you to success.

Read Our Design Guide

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Yes, you can polish plastic. Here's our guide on polishing plastic techniques and other finishes to use with your projects.

Read Our Plastic Polishing & Finishing Guide

 

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Have questions about bonded manifolds and how they might help your next project? We have our FAQs right here.

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Reference Charts & Tools

Here's a convenient reference chart of chemical resistances of the most commonly used plastics materials for specialized components. 

We've broken down the price, ease of machining, and the flexural modulus elasticity comparisons to other plastic materials to aid in your research. 

Most find that selecting the best material for your project as a top challenge. We have our Materials Selector tool to help out based on what your product needs. Try it now!

Read through our latest articles, blog entries, and other written works for the most updated information about what's happening in the plastics industry. 

Extreme Operating Conditions and Plastic Components

The 3 Most Concerning Extreme Conditions For Plastics What To Know About Environmental Extremes When Selecting Plastic Materials 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…

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. Some components can only be produced with 5-axis machines, such as items used in the aerospace, medical, or space flight industries.    While expert engineers can design…

Polymer Medical Components: Making the Medical Industry Safer

Increasing Patient Safety in Medical Procedures Why Plastics Help Make the Medical Industry Safer For All 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 favorable properties of glass and metal with unique properties…

Quick Polishing Plastics Guide

Your Guide To Polishing Plastic A Quick Primer on Plastic Polishing Methods and Techniques   *Updated November 3, 2023. 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…

Why Choose Plastic Machined Parts Over Metal Components

Metal Vs Plastics A Comparison of Material Advantages & Disadvantages Each material needed for a product needs careful consideration and comparison before making any final decisions. We weigh the pros and cons of plastic and metal to ensure you make the right decision for your next project.  When your manifold or precision component project is…

Plastic Machining Projects: Five Plastics that Can Take the Heat

5 Plastic Resins/Materials That Can Take The Heat A successfully completed high-performance plastic machined part or manifold performs consistently well under even the most stressful conditions. In addition, professional machining and polishing prevent dangerous, costly malfunctions.  While final success depends on many factors falling into place, selecting the right material for the job is essential…