What advantages can plastic injection molded parts have over equivalent metal parts? Lighter weights, lower costs, more design flexibility, consistent quality, and faster production. Get in touch with our engineering team to discuss your metal to plastic conversion goals.Request a Quote
Top Reasons to Convert Metal Parts to Plastic
Realize savings due to lower material cost, faster production times, several parts combined into single mold, and less scrap
Many industries face incentives to reduce overall weights by reducing component weights. Also consider lower shipping costs.
Customize specific mechanical and resistance properties (impact, corrosion, heat, chemical) from over 25,000 engineered plastics.
Color, surface texture and high-quality surface finishes can be achieved in a single manufacturing cycle without requiring secondary processes.
Benefits of Metal to Plastic Conversion
The benefits of plastic have everything to do with chemistry, and the most basic building blocks of plastics – monomers (groups of atoms that make a unit cell.) These monomers are combined in limitless ways to form polymers, or plastics, that are unique to specific design and product performance requirements.
- Consolidate parts into single mold
- Complex shapes or geometries
- Greater material choice
- Overmold with dual materials/hardnesses
- Greater material choice:
- High temperature, chemical, and corrosion resistant materials
- Fillers and additives to achieve specific characteristics
- Conductive or shielding properties
- Optimize impact resistance, strength, stiffness, toughness, friction and wear
Quality & Life
- Highly repeatable process
- Less scrap
- Consistent quality
- Longer tool life
- Lower manufacturing costs
- Faster cycles
- Final shape achieved in initial process
- Little to no secondary finishing
- Stable material cost
- Lighter part weight
- Lower packaging and shipping costs
Mercury Marine is very selective in who they use as suppliers. Companies must meet the high quality standards and flexibility that Mercury Marine requires. Nicolet Plastics has consistently met these criteria.
Nicolet Plastics and Mercury Marine engineering and purchasing departments worked together to redesign and prototype an existing part. Each prototype met all the specialized criteria, and through combined innovation Nicolet Plastics was able to move the part into production. The cost came in very low, allowing Mercury Marine to save money and use a better quality part.
Nicolet Plastics adapts very quickly to change, can do custom work and provides each client with the personal attention they deserve.Matt Demmin, Packaging Engineer | Mercury Marine
The first project I ever worked on with Nicolet Plastics, Inc. was in the mid 80’s, and since then the partnership has only grown stronger. Nicolet is willing to try anything to produce the results the client is looking for.
They are on the cutting edge with tooling, equipment and design capabilities. Their design review team provides excellent input; they are creative solution-finders and are very easy to work with. NPI delivers a timely response on product and a quick turn around on tools.
When challenged with difficult mold designs Nicolet is able to simplify the process, thereby reducing costs. Utilizing their in-house rapid prototype machine allows the toolmaker to better understand how the tool needs to be created. One quality control advantage that Nicolet provides for the customer is their storyboards, which detail the proper measurements and color specifications of each piece. Through this self-certification process, Nicolet offers customers the assurance of knowing that each piece is manufactured to exact specifications. I have come to expect that quality work will always be there. You don’t realize how good Nicolet is until you try to compare quality and price somewhere else.
From the President of the company to the guys in shipping, the folks at Nicolet are host, hardworking and down to earth, some of the best people I’ve ever worked with.Project Manager, Mechanical Engineering | MRI Devices
I have been working with Nicolet Plastics for 13 years and have never been disappointed. The people at Nicolet Plastics have a true open door policy, and extreme flexibility. They want to be involved in the entire process of your project so they can truly understand the objectives that need to be fulfilled. In my experience, it is rare to find a plastic injection molding company that has the combination of in-house tooling and molding that they do. The quality produced is phenomenal.
Nicolet Plastics is an outstanding company. They are knowledgeable, easy to work with, provide exceptional customer service, produce high quality parts, provide flexible lead times, are always competitive on price and do precision color matching work.”
Nicolet Plastics is a cutting edge company that is always willing to take on a challenge.Pat Kilps, Engineering Manager | Quest Technologies
Time-to-market is critical to being competitive. We pushed Nicolet Plastics to provide tools within a very aggressive timeline and they delivered samples in just six weeks.Dean Walters | Invivo Corporation
How Nicolet Plastics is Helping Businesses with Metal to Plastic Conversion
A metal-to-plastic conversion converts solid metal parts into plastic parts. This is important because it helps businesses reduce waste, conserve energy and improve their production process. Plastic can be a more sustainable material than metal, often requiring less energy to produce. It is also a lightweight material, meaning plastic can reduce shipping costs.
At Nicolet Plastics, we can help your business with all its metal-to-plastic conversion needs with consistent product quality at Nicolet Plastics. We offer consultation and design services, as well as manufacturing and delivery. The steps of metal to plastic conversion can be complex, but our team is here to help make it as easy as possible for your business.
Industries are benefiting from Metal-to-Plastic conversion
For many industries, the move from metal to plastic components has brought some benefits. One of the biggest advantages is lower manufacturing costs.
In addition, plastics are often lighter than metals, leading to lower shipping costs. Plastics are also less likely to corrode than metals, making them ideal for products exposed to harsh conditions.
As a result, some industries are turning to Nicolet Plastics for their metal-to-plastic conversion needs.
- Automotive Industry
- Electronics Industry
- Medical Industry
- Packaging Industry
Our experience and expertise can help you choose the right, consistent quality plastic for your application and ensure a successful conversion.
What kinds of plastic materials are used to turn metal into plastic components?
At Nicolet Plastics, we use various plastic materials to convert metals into plastic components. Some of the most common materials include: Acetal (POM) ABS, Polycarbonate (PC), Polypropylene (PP), and Polyethylene (PE).
Each material has its benefits and drawbacks, so choosing the right one for your application is essential. Our team can help you select the right material and ensure your conversion is successful.
Nicolet Plastics can help with your metal-to-plastic conversion needs
As any manufacturer knows, the cost of production is a crucial factor in the success of any business. One way to lower production costs is to convert metal components to plastic. Not only is plastic cheaper than metal, but it is also lighter and easier to work with. In addition, plastic is less likely to corrode or break down over time. As a result, converting metal to plastic can save a significant amount of money in the long run.
Nicolet Plastics has the experience and expertise to help with all your repeatable process of metal-to-plastic. We can provide you with high-quality plastic components that meet your specific requirements. In addition, our team can assist you with the design and implementation of your conversion project. With our assistance, it can lower manufacturing costs and raise product quality.
Nicolet can help you make the switch to plastic
Nicolet Plastics offers a wide range of services to help businesses with their metal-to-plastic conversion needs. We offer consultation and design services, as well as manufacturing and delivery. We can help you choose the right plastic for your application and ensure the conversion is successful.
Contact us today if you’re looking for a reliable partner for your metal-to-plastic conversion needs. We’ll be happy to help!
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- Simplify multi-part tool programs
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