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Plastic fabrication is a highly versatile process from prototype development to large-scale production runs. It's also relatively simple and inexpensive compared to other manufacturing processes, making it a popular choice for small businesses and hobbyists. Plastic fabrication may be the perfect option if you're looking for a way to create custom plastic objects without spending a fortune.

Our manufacturing, machining, and fabrication techniques have been refined over the past three decades, allowing us to produce high-quality plastic components for various industries with great confidence.

Thanks to our vast fabrication techniques and machinery, we can provide you with a comprehensive range of resources and knowledge, from material selection to tooling design and testing. Emco makes fabricated plastic goods easy and worry-free through our highly skilled fabricators.

What is Plastic Fabrication?

Plastic fabrication is a term used in manufacturing, engineering, and design to refer to the process of creating any object from a plastic sheet, rod, or tube. The material is cut to size, often on a CNC panel saw, milling machine, or lathe. The edges are smoothed out, and the material gets bent or glued to form the final fabricated product 

Many industries rely heavily on plastic fabrication for their products. Developing radically new production systems would be necessary if plastic parts were not possible.

Emco’s plastic fabrication processes and machinery

Plastic fabrication can be performed in various ways depending on the product's characteristics and fabrication method. Here’s what Emco offers you:

Thermoforming

Plastic sheets are heated and formed into specific shapes. Once shaped, they are cooled down and trimmed to produce finished parts.

Die Cutting

With die cutting, shapes can be cut out of stock materials such as vinyl, PETG, or polycarbonate using a die, a specially crafted tool for cutting or shaping materials. Using a die, you can pierce material with sharp edges and produce parts with a two-dimensional shape mimicking a cookie cutter.

It is the same principle as cutting the dough into smaller sizes with a cookie cutter. Die-cut plastic sheet manufacturers use various materials, including paper, fabrics, rubber, fiberglass, metal sheets, foam, wood, and plastic.

Drape/Oven Forming

It is the process of heating plastic sheets to a temperature that allows them to be pressed, bent, or formed into shapes over a mandrel or form, and sometimes using both an inside and outside form to achieve a particular shape without the use of vacuum pressure.

Edge Finishing

There are many different ways to finish plastic edges depending on their purpose and specifications. With this custom plastic fabrication, edges can be saw cut, milled, flame polished, machine polished, hand polished, beveled, and many other options.

Solvent Welding

A solvent or solvent blend is used with no dissolved polymers to create a joint between two thermoplastic parts. In the solvent welding and cementing processes, the stresses typically associated with mechanical fastenings are not concentrated, so the joints are durable and hermetic.

Solvent welding and solvent cementing are simple, inexpensive processes that produce durable, hermetic joints. It is possible to achieve low or zero visibility at the joint with both methods, and unlike adhesive bonding, there is no additional phase.

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Fabricating and cutting plastic to your specifications is what we do best

 Custom plastic fabrication services can provide your business with several benefits, including cost savings, shorter lead times, and the ability to produce unique or complex products. That’s why Emco’s cutting practices have high-quality finished products that are not only cost-effective but also prevent waste material.

We use high-quality, state-of-the-art machinery to cut plastics into the correct shapes and dimensions. Our plastic fabrication company experts will work with you to create a custom solution that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. Contact us today if you’re looking for a partner to help you take your product designs from concept to reality. 

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