Mar 27, 2023 | Hot-Plate Welding
Hot plate welding is a thermoplastic joining process that uses heat and pressure to form strong, reliable welds in parts. It’s an efficient and cost-effective method for manufacturing components from plastic materials such as PP, ABS, PC, TPE, and more. Hot plate welding offers numerous advantages over other plastic joining methods, such as stronger, particulate-free welds. This guide will cover the basics of hot plate welding, including its steps, benefits, and typical applications. We will also discuss tips for designing your parts for hot plate welding success and the equipment used in this process.
Mar 10, 2023 | 3D Printing
3D printing technology and materials have advanced rapidly, offering new possibilities and advantages for machine builders. Machine builders are replacing traditional CNC machining and urethane casting processes to use 3D printing for applications such as fixtures, EOAT, tricky custom details, and first shots of customer parts for debugging. Let’s explore some of the benefits of 3D printing for machine builders, focusing on design freedom, reducing lead time and cost, reducing detail count, replacing messy urethane casting, keeping debug timelines moving, and reducing weight.
Nov 15, 2022 | 3D Printing
Despite the promise of Additive Manufacturing (AM), many organizations have failed to capitalize on its potential. This is partly because AM presents a unique set of challenges, which can be difficult to overcome without extensive experience and expertise. As a result, many organizations have pursued applications that are not well-suited for AM, leading to late and expensive failures. In order to maximize the benefits of AM, organizations need to invest in and deliver successful applications. With the right approach, AM has the potential to change the world.
Nov 7, 2022 | Hot-Plate Welding, InfraStake, Laser Welding, nanoSTAKE, Ultrasonic
If you’re an engineer, you may wonder what the difference is between plastic welding and plastic staking. Both of these methods join plastic together, but they use different techniques. Here, we’ll look at the differences between these methods so you can decide which is right for your project.
Feb 28, 2022 | 3D Printing, News
Michigan-based digital manufacturer, Extol, Inc., announces FDA registration for contract manufacturing of 3D printed medical devices. The FDA registration will allow Extol to expand its offerings for the life-sciences industry. It will immediately impact Extol’s capability to provide complete solutions for additive manufacturing of medical devices for the orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) market.
Jan 26, 2022 | Custom Automation
New and innovative products often bring unique manufacturing challenges. There are a lot of questions to answer…
– How are we going to make that in production?
– How do we scale?
– What type of custom automation will we need to manufacture a product that has never been made before?
– How do we know that the equipment will work?
– How can we make sure it operates smoothly?
You don’t have to tackle these on your own. Extol can help you discover and develop a robust manufacturing process. Partner with us early to help refine your budget and win more business with your customers.