You mean Shrinkage? Yes, Significant shrinkage! What do Thermoplastics and Seinfeld have in common? You guessed it. Shrinkage! Shrinkage of thermoplastics has a significant impact on both part design and tool design. A stable geometry in part design will help to ensure the converter’s producability is that much better. Producability is simply the […]
Benefits of Scale moving from Machined Prototypes to Molded Production in Thermoplastics Hi-Tech helps our Customers utilize thermoplastics in Stock Shapes to scale up parts and assemblies from the Prototype Phase to hard tooling and the higher volumes of Injection Molding. This article will cover a basic cost profile and the benefits of molding […]
Metal Replacement or Metal to Plastic Conversions using Engineered Thermoplastics are not new in the Plastics Industry. The advantages of Thermoplastics have been leveraged for a long time to save money, decrease weight and/or consolidate the number of parts required in an assembly. Hi-Tech’s history of replacing metal in structural applications is really what shaped […]
In the YouTube video accessible by the link below, Hi-Tech demonstrates how improvements in the machining process can significantly reduce cycle times. This is possible thru optimization of the cutters, tool path programming and speeds & feeds. In this video, Hi-Tech is machining slab or sheet stock and producing a prototype part. This prototype part […]
Common issues in producing components in Thermoplastics are known as Porosity and Voids. These issues are characterized by small bubbles or pockets found in thicker sections of molded thermoplastic parts. Generally, small bubbles are called Porosity and larger bubbles or pockets are called Voids. Porosity or voids are often caused by the combination of two […]
Hi-Tech started molding High Temperature resins very early on in our companies history.