Material Selection

Let Us Help You Select the Right Material for Your Application….

There are over 60,000 grades of injection moldable materials available with more added every year. It can be quite a daunting task to figure out which plastics are the best to use for your application. Our engineers have designed and specified materials for thousands of plastic parts and are ready to help take the confusion out of material selection.

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Factors to Consider During Material Selection

The following list summarizes the many critical parameters that need to be considered during material selection.  Specifying the correct material for your application can be a complex decision with tradeoffs to be considered.  Let our plastics experts guide you in the direction of a material that will yield a successful product.

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Mechanical

We strive to replicate production part quality, without sacrificing speed.

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Tolerances

Does the part require any unusually tight tolerances?

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Environmental

Is the part used in environments that require consideration such as chemical resistance, high/low temperature exposure, humidity, etc.

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Assembly

Parts to be assembled need to be molded from compatible materials in some assembly methods such as ultrasonic welding, laser welding, adhesive bonding, etc

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Sterilization

Will the product be a single use sterilized disposable sterilized or a sterilized reusable? What will be the sterilization method?

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Regulatory

ISO, FDA, UL, IEC, USP are examples of regulatory agencies that have specific requirements for biocompatibility, food contact, flammability, etc.

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Electrical

Certain applications require plastics to function as anti-static, static dissipative, ESD protective, conductive or insulating.

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Cost

The part needs to be within cost targets while meeting all other requirements.

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Aesthetic

Transparency, color, gloss, surface finish, etc.

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Special requirements

There may be other unique requirements to consider such as weight, gas permeability, friction, contact angle, absorption, labeling, etc.

Our Flexible Material Options

Once your material has been specified Protoshop offers material options to meet your molding needs:

Protoshop Stocked Materials

Protoshop maintains a variety of stocked material options that are immediately available for molding.

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Custom Client Material Order

Protoshop can coordinate an order of a specific grade of material to be shipped directly to Protoshop. Protoshop can also coordinate compounded materials with specialty additives as needed.

Use Client’s Material

Clients may ship material to Protoshop that will be used to mold parts.