Materials & Properties we work with

Plastic Parts

With Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) there is considerable choice when prototyping custom plastic parts. However, with all the hype around 3D Printing techniques it is easy to overlook the more established option of CNC Machining. This remains a very cost effective solution, especially for larger parts and functional materials.

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Plastic Parts

Clear Parts

Many assemblies include clear component(s), the clarity required being dictated by the application. Whilst translucency may be sufficient to detect whether an LED is on or off, lenses, lightpipes and displays all require good optical characteristics.

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Clear Parts

Metal Parts

Metals offer a diverse range of properties and can be machined conventionally or additively (AM). For many of the components we see, the production method will be casting or machining and, as such, prototyping by the same method has distinct advantages. However, additive manufacture (DMLS) is gaining ground as parts start to be designed exclusively for this process.

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Metal Parts

Flexible Parts

Flexible parts are often referred to colloquially as ‘rubber’ parts. Whilst rubber forms a substantial proportion of them, there are also flexible polyurethanes and thermoplastic elastomers to consider. As an ISO 9001:2008 Quality System certified supplier, we work with all these materials, in low volume quantities of just a few parts through to full production, and in a range of Shore hardness.

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Flexible Parts