New developments in manufacturing technology is now allowing for more and more products and parts to be created using the extrusion process. While you may think of extrusions as only parts such as weather stripping and a variety of tube sizes, plastic extrusions have come a long way and can now create many products. Here are just a few of the newest technologies and how they can help you get your parts manufactured:
- Coextrusion provides material flexibility. Coextrusion, the process of using more than one material during the extrusion process, allows for new levels of flexibility and strength. During the coextrusion process, instead of only one type of material being used for the process, two or more extruders push different materials into the extrusion head.
- Tubing extrusion offers additional design options. While tube extrusion has been available for a long time – think of a simple drinking straw design – the newest tubing extrusion provides interior mandrels or pins that can add specific areas or designs to hollow portions of the tube.
- Overjacketing can give a part extra protection. During the overjacketing process, a part is added to the extrusion line and then covered with a plastic coating. This gives the part additional protection. Commonly used for cables and exterior wires used by electricians and telecommunications companies, these overjacketed wires can withstand harsh weather conditions.
- Blown film extrusion can create the thinnest plastic products. Have you ever wondered how plastic grocery bags are made? With changes to the extrusion process, they are now manufactured using a blown film process. The dies are specially designed to be used in an upright position, which allows the plastic to be pulled upward to form the bag.
Call Extrudex today for more information on how we can help you choose the right process for your product. We offer rapid prototyping and custom design services. Call now!