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Online Calculator Shows Bottom-Line Benefits of Plastics-Forming Process

Article-Online Calculator Shows Bottom-Line Benefits of Plastics-Forming Process

Originally Published MPMN October 2005


Online Calculator Shows Bottom-Line Benefits of Plastics-Forming Process

Yaling Lee
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Design engineers are invited to try a new online tool to calculate the potential cost savings associated with a plastics-forming process versus other methods. The calculator is available at a Web site hosted by PBM Plastics Inc. (Newport News, VA), which offers the proprietary Melt-Phase forming technology.

By keying in material variables such as part weight, diameter, and height, and cost per pound of the raw material, users can instantly view comparative data. The site allows designers to experiment with thickness and size before entering the prototype phase.

Melt-Phase technology is described by the firm as a combination of billet thermoforming and injection and blow molding. It enables cost reductions in the fabrication of custom liners and containers, according to the company, because it minimizes waste and allows for parts designed with ultrathin walls.

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