Converting your customer's part from metal to plastic? Better ask the right questions


Moving a metal part to plastic often carries with it inherent problems that can be a challenge to moldmakers. One company found a way to emulate a metal case that worked just fine with plastics.

Industrial Molds Group (Rockford, IL) prides itself on being a company that specializes in mechanically and geometrically complex tooling for the automotive, industrial, and medical markets. Many of the parts for which Industrial Molds builds molds are for heavy-duty industrial products, and some customers come to the company wanting to convert their product or components from metal to plastic.

While it may sound simple, converting a metal component to a plastic component isn’t a one-to-one conversion process, as many in the industry know. There are challenges, and Tim Peterson, VP of Industrial Molds,...

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