Metal-to-plastic conversion is a winning solution for all transportation engineers, seeking to reduce the weight of the vehicle. The plastic injection process makes it easy and large-scale to produce the parts needed for automotive programs.
1 – Tools
The injection mould, with a lifespan that will, in most cases, cover the entire life cycle of the vehicle.
Unlike manufacturing metal parts by stamping or pressurizing, moulds injections do not normally require refurbishment, which is a a significant economy in the long run. Although the investment of plastic injection tools may appear to be more important when buying, Overall cost of ownership is generally lower than for the tools of pressurized moulding or stamping.
Plastic injection moulds are more flexible than other types of tools, allowing you to incorporate many types of functions on a room, so that no machining, coating and/or secondary recovery is not necessary after the Molding. And depending on the type of plastic you choose; You can achieve excellent stress-resistant properties mechanical, chemical or thermal.
2 – Materials.
The first thing to do is to combat
aprioris. Plastic materials, of course, cannot meet all
applications, but the same goes for steels or for other families
The first rule is to share a specification, and to accept that piece will have a different look, different dimensions.
High-performance technical polymers can be reinforced with fibers of glass, carbon, short or long, in order to meet the static or dynamic mechanical stresses.
Materials can also be reinforced by different types of additives to improve one or more features needed for the application (Abrasion, held in temperature, fire behaviour, acid or acid-keeping thermal or electrical conductivity).
3 – accompaniment
It is essential to choose good support resources for the transformation of your metal components plastics, especially for companies without plastics in-house skills.
Our plastic engineers have the ability to accompany you on the choice of suitable materials,the design of products in accordance with the specifications and the state of the art of plastic transformation. It is also common to combine several metal components into one piece of plastic, in order to reduce the costs of the function by eliminating assembly costs.
We also support you by taking charge of mechanical, thermal or rheological simulations (FEA).
Our technologies also enable the production of prototypes, good material, very quickly, and at lower costs, in order to validate, in real conditions, the design biases.
Finally, at the manufacturing stage of the mould,and finally parts, we bring all our expertise, in order to deliver, day after day, components with unique performance.