Plastics Expert Reveals New Composite Materials Are Entering the Fabrication Industry – Part 2

NMR Technology (No Molds Required) is a technology Envision Plastics and Design uses to manufacture custom plastic panels, plastic electronic enclosures, displays and other plastic parts with no tooling or molds. Materials used include ABS, HIPS, polycarbonate and aluminum composite materials such as Dibond and Alupanel.

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Despite some fabrication limitations with using Aluminum Composite Materials, the possibilities are still endless.

White Bear Lake, MN (PRWEB) March 26, 2014

In the previous part of this series on Aluminum Composite Materials, the materials were defined with respect to what they are, how they are fabricated, and the advantages of using ACMs.

ACMs such as Alucabond, are often used in architectural design and is typically thicker and more durable than other brands or forms of ACMs. You can see this material on facades of buildings and structures. Sometimes, as a standalone exposed exterior piece of structure, sometimes with the buildings walls supporting other purposes. Dibond and Alupanel on the other hand are used more in the signage industry. The surfaces of ACMs are smooth, cosmetic, and provide a nice surface for printing. However, Envision Plastics and Design had a different end use in mind; the manufacturing of panels, displays, and enclosures.

Thus far, through prototyping and experimentation, Envision has designed and manufactured custom signage (with backlit acrylic inserts) for the retail industry, kiosk display panels for point of purchase use, wall fixtures to hold point of purposes sales materials, and general digitally printed signage for the outdoor industry.

Despite some fabrication limitations with using Aluminum Composite Materials, the possibilities are still endless. The use of ACMs in the plastic fabrication or even metal fabrication industry is in its infancy and it is truly exciting as to where it can go.


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