Metal to Plastic Conversion

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.

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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.


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.

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
Nicolet Plastics Benefits of Metal to Plastic
Customer Success Stories

Customer Success Stories

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

  • Exclusive customer training
  • Brings disciplines together for accuracy
  • Injection molding technology, materials, tooling, & RFQ process
  • Ensures tools are specified correctly
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