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Metal-To-Plastic Conversions

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High quality, reliable metal-to-plastic conversions.

At the Engineering Resource Center, we are often called upon to help customers convert parts from machined, cast, or forged metal to highly engineered plastic. Metal-to-plastic conversions can be a great way for a manufacturer to cut costs, but only if the newly designed and engineered plastic product passes the testing required to make the switch. With prototypes from the ERC, you can be certain that your prototype part is fit for testing. 

While EPA standards in specific industries are a catalyst for some companies to convert, more companies are making the switch from metal to plastic simply for the benefits. 

Advantages of Plastic vs Metal:

  • Less expensive to produce than metal
  • Strength of metal (if designed properly)
  • Helps meet EPA standards in certain industries, such as water or automotive
  • Faster, consistent production
  • Lighter weight = Lower shipping cost
  • Temperature resistant
  • Less susceptible to chemical damage such as oxidation or rusting 
  • Reduced need for finishing
  • Greater design flexibility

Choosing The Right Material

The ERC has built strong relationships with material suppliers to help our customers choose a material that will withstand the rigorous testing required to change a critical part in an assembly from brass, aluminum, or steel.  Our sampling area is also set up in a way that allows multiple materials to be sampled in a quick and economical fashion.  Sampling of highly engineered materials is something our engineers do on a daily basis so you can be assured that the parts you will receive are processed for peak performance in your assembly.

Keys To A Successful Conversion

We are always working to accommodate all the geometry requests by designers and engineers. If small changes to the design are requested, we can quickly make a change to the tool steel to minimize the delay in the testing process. Having all of the designed features in your prototype mold is crucial when making a conversion from metal to plastic. Eliminating a feature in a prototype to ease manufacturing may result in the design not passing testing and therefore not being approved within an assembly.  Read more helpful tips on our blog to learn how to be successful with your next metal-to-plastic conversion.

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