The rise of plastic
Plastic is indispensable in the household environment. Meanwhile, plastic is also on the rise within the industry; where customers always prefer the durability of plastic over the use of steel or stainless steel.
Advantages of plastic parts over metal
Metal (machine) parts are often the easiest and most trusted choice. But plastic parts often offer more possibilities. In some cases, they are even a better or cheaper alternative than the traditional metal product.
Perhaps you have never thought about the fact that your (machine) parts can also be made in plastic. And that plastic parts could be much more interesting than traditional metal products. We are happy to show you our top 5 advantages of plastic over metal.
Chemical resistance / no rusting
Each metal oxidizes, causing the mechanical quality to deteriorate over time. Plastic is not subject to rust: plastic is well resistant to weather influences. Plastic can also withstand acids better than metal.
Plastics are cheaper than metals and can be easily processed. As a result, plastic products are cheaper than comparable products made of, for example, aluminum or steel.
Lighter in weight
Plastic has a low specific mass. As a result, a cubic meter of plastic is significantly lighter than a cubic meter of steel. Your advantage is that plastic significantly reduces the weight of the product. For machines where weight plays an important role, the use of plastic offers many opportunities.
More and better insulation
Each metal will conduct electricity to some extent. Plastics, on the other hand, have an insulating effect. This makes plastics ideally suited for the housing of machines and for the insulation of electricity cables. In this way, parts of a machine are prevented from forming an undesirable field of tension.
The amount of shapes that can be made with plastic is endless. Plastics can be pressed, injected and poured. Or extruded and melted, and then inflated with air into thin plastic. By welding, thermoplastic plastics can also be attached to each other.