The machine shop industry is one of the most important material removal and modification methods. It is a collection of material-working processes in which power-driven machine tools, such as saws, lathes, milling machines, and drill presses, are used with a sharp cutting tool to mechanically cut the material to achieve the desired geometry.
Advantages of plastics
The advantages of plastics for Machine Shops are numerous. Plastics are much lighter than metal, which equate into better fuel economy and cheaper to manufacture parts. Additionally, the lighter weight aids in safer material handling. Plastics can be designed to be impact and dent resistant, and modified for improved strength. Corrosion resistance, color and texture flexibility, the economical components and aesthetics are other advantages of plastics.
Materials Utilized Within Industry
Materials used by machine shops to create parts with characteristics outside of the range of non-plastic materials include Nylon, UHMW, ULTEM, Acetal/Delrin, PVC, PEEK, PET and PTFE (rod, tube and plate).
DURAPLEX Impact Modified Acrylic
DURAPLEX is a continuously processed impact modified acrylic sheet that offers superior impact strength. Ideal applications include displays, skylights, signage, windows, doors and any indoor/outdoor application where durability is needed. Custom and non-stock items available.
OPTIX Frost has a frosting additive incorporated throughout the sheet, providing an elegant textured surface on both sides.
Optix Patterns (DP-32, A-81, Adobe)
Laird Plastics, Inc. offers patterned sheet for applications such as shower doors, displays, indoor/outdoor furniture, point of purchase and home furnishing products.
Optix Clear & Colors
OPTIX continuously processed clear acrylic is offered in a thickness range from .040" to 1.0", in widths up to 104".
Optix 95 Matte Finish
OPTIX 95 is a continuously processed acrylic sheet with a matte finish on one side.
Cast Acrylic (Polymethyl methacrylate or PMMA)
Cell cast acrylic is a lightweight, flexible and impact resistant substitute for glass. It has better optical quality and better physical properties than extruded acrylic.
Plexiglas® Clear-Edge Frosted Acrylic Sheet
Bring a designer edge to retail sales. Attractive and sleek, the sheet is available in a one or two-sided frosted formulation with a dramatic clear edge to buff or bevel.
Plexiglas® Vision Acrylic Sheet
The newest innovation for overhead and rear projection screens. Keep images visible from every angle, up-close, far away, one-side or both.
Plexiglas® MC Fluorescent Color Series Acrylic Sheet
Set your displays on fire with luminescent neon colors. In normal light, the sheets glow as if illuminated from within. Add more UV light and the colors intensify.
Post Paint Compatibility of Dibond®
On many projects that involve Dibond® material, a small quantity of "custom color" panels is often required. It is often not practical to obtain the "custom color" from the factory and post painting is necessary.