Advantages of plastic over metal
What is metal-to-plastic re-engineering? By manufacturing your product in plastic, a considerably cheaper and faster production process becomes possible. Plastic is lighter, offers more design freedom and requires considerably fewer assembly and finishing steps than metal. There are many different plastics, and each has its properties so that the most optimal plastic can be selected for the purpose. In addition, plastic is a lot more durable than metal. The carbon footprint of producing metal is much larger than that of plastic. In addition, plastic can be used many times more for different purposes. Read more about the sustainability of plastic here
But be critical when considering a re-engineering process. The differences between metal and plastic are large. Successful re-engineering therefore requires in-depth knowledge of metals and plastics to make a seamless translation into production.
Orange Plastics analyses your product in all its components, considering execution, form and function. Due to the large differences between metal and plastic, a deviation from the initial design is sometimes inevitable in order to achieve a successful end result and optimize your profit.
Of course, thanks to our years of experience, we can provide you with advice and we can guide the entire process from start to finish. Our engineers put the part entirely in 3D drawing and together with the colleagues of technology it is determined which type of plastic is most suitable to replace the metal. If the mould is made, a sample is made and meets all the requirements that are set then the mass production can start. The production of the plastic parts is many times faster and more flexible than a metal part will ever be able to be.