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Chris Passanante
By Chris Passanante
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 16:26


In the last post we announced our new machining capabilities at Elite Plastics. This week I want to touch on the benefits of plastic machining.

  • Cost
    • Depending on order quantity, utilizing machining over a tool can result in significant savings. For lower volume parts, tooling isn’t necessary – eliminating the cost of tooling, and reducing the NRE (non-recurring engineering).
  • Prototyping
    • Need a quick prototype of a new part? Machining allows for fast turnaround of prototypes, while also making prototyping of plastic parts affordable, by cutting out the tool cost.
  • Quality control
    • Having our own machining capabilities means increased control over our quality and production. By not having to sub contract machining, everything can be done in house. This means less handling and paperwork and ensures the GM Nameplate quality and level of detail.
  • Fine Trimming/De-gating
    • Many parts require a smooth finish. Machining can be used to remove the gate from an injection molded part, making the surface smooth and gate free.
  • Taping holes
    • Machining allows the ability for holes to be taped rather than using an unscrewing tool. The result is a huge cost savings, depending on quantity, and allows better control of threads and holes.
  • Tooling or Machining
    • There are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not to use a tool or machining. Well, machining may eliminate the tooling cost it increases the price per part, so depending on volume size tooling may be more affordable. But if you need to change an existing part, secondary machining may make more sense.

To learn more about the benefits of plastic machining at what capability is the best fit for your part, please contact Elite Plastics.

By Chris Passanante
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 13:23

GM Nameplate’s Elite Plastics division now features plastic machining capabilities.  While Elite Plastics has always been able to do some plastic machining work, they re-organized and now have a dedicated machining area. This new capability offers numerous benefits to customers that you can read about in our blog next week.

Plastic machining is ideal for secondary machining of injection molded parts. For injection molded parts that need to be modified for another use, using the machining capabilities is a cost effective solution that doesn’t require the need for an additional tool.

The new capability means that Elite Plastics and GM Nameplate can offers greater control over part quality and production process. Some uses of machining include de-gating, taping holes, forming threads and faster prototyping. It is even possible to machine parts simply from a block of plastic.

Watch the accompanying video to see our plastic machining in action.