Top Reasons to Convert Metal Parts to Plastic

Cost Reduction

Realize savings due to lower material cost, faster production times, several parts combined into single mold, and less scrap

Lighter Weight

Many industries face incentives to reduce overall weights by reducing component weights. Also consider lower shipping costs.

Material Choice

Customize specific mechanical and resistance properties (impact, corrosion, heat, chemical) from over 25,000 engineered plastics.

Appearance

Color, surface texture and high-quality surface finishes can be achieved in a single manufacturing cycle without requiring secondary processes.

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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.

Design Freedom

  • 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 Costs

  • 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

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Customer Success Stories

  • Add value by increasing efficiency
  • Implement automation with fast payoff
  • Simplify multi-part tool programs
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