Over the last sixty years, plastic has evolved monumentally. There was a time when the only trusted material for durability and quality was metal, but times have changed with the leaps and bounds made in the various plastic resins now available to manufacturers. Facilitating a vast amount of freedom for inventors and designers alike as well as significant financial growth, the benefits of using plastic have never been clearer.
The Low Cost of Plastic Materials
The most significant advantage of using plastic material instead of metal is cost. Plastic injection molding vastly reduces the cost of production on a variety of levels. The immense levels of savings can mean the difference between profiting from the creation and sale of your product and losing money. Even the most fabulous product on the market will fail if it’s not affordable and those in the creative seat must make a profit in order to thrive and continue. The issue of cost is a big one.
It’s worth noting that, in general, plastic material and parts are much less expensive than metal. Plastic injection molding processes also allow for the creation of multi-part components which save you assembly time, labor costs, and floor space while simultaneously increasing the durability of your product.
There is often no need for secondary processes like machining and coating so that saves you both the expense of the process awe well as time, which is ultimately money. There is less sound pollution involved and much less scrap so these factors and their individual costs can also be reduced. Most importantly, there is a significant weight reduction. This saves you on multiple levels, including shipping, packaging, and installation.
Better Technology Leads to More Durability
Plastic resins are constantly evolving and are now proven to far surpass metal in their efficiency and durability. Over the years they have become even more durable, thermally conductive, and easier to manufacture. Plastic material on the market can now resist corrosion, environmental factors, and keep the strength of cast metals better at higher temperatures. The idea that metal is the most reliable product for strength, stability, and durability is now a thing of the past thanks to modern advances in technology.
Design and Aesthetic Benefit from Plastic
Plastic injection molding processes make it far easier to create more complex parts and designs. The variety of methods allow for far greater design flexibility and due to the variety of plastic material available, warping and errors are reduced using modern injection molding methods. This means you can create your product to look as stylish as you like with more complex components which will ultimately increase the value of your product, giving you a higher financial return for your work.
It’s clear by these standards that, in most circumstances, the benefits of using plastic material far outweigh the benefits of using metal. More often than not, conversion to plastic will greatly reduce your costs and your manufacturing times. So whether you are just considering what options are available to you as a new designer or you are a manufacturing veteran, there is bound to be a plastic option for you and your product that will save you production time, money, increase the quality of your product, and give you the most stylish design.