Materials Used for Plastic Machining

At Brogan & Patrick Mfg.Corp., we understand that the quality and grade of plastic that is used for machining are equally important as the technique. We are capable of working with a wide range of superior grade plastics. This capability makes us the “one-stop-solution” for our customers’ needs.

The plastic material of small as well as large micron range can be machined effectively at our state-of-the-art facility. Let us have a look at the wide range of plastic materials that we can machine:

  • G10/FR4 Machining: G10 and FR4 are high-pressure industrial laminates made from glass fabric impregnated with epoxy resin. The differences between NEMA Grades G10 and FR4 is that FR4 is a fire-retardant grade of G10. FR4 can be safely substituted where G10 is specified unless the component is going into a nuclear reactor. However, G10 can never be substituted when FR4 is spec’d in a drawing.
  • UHMW/Polyethylene Machining: We make use of this plastic for machining and fabricating various standard and custom packaging products. Our groups of expert personnel have researched the various density and branching configurations of polyethylene. This has given us the ability to machine this thermoplastic polymer with ease and efficiency.
  • PEEK: PEEK is one of the premiere high-performance material. PEEK can maintain extremely tight tolerances for applications requiring very exact specifications. PEEK can maintain the strength and integrity of geometry at continuous operating temperatures up to 500-degree Fahrenheit.
  • Teflon® (PTFE): Teflon® (PTFE) is a high-performance material that has a low coefficient of friction combined with fantastic wear resistance.  It is a material that is great in harsh, chemically exposed environments. Teflon® (PTFE) is a great material for sealing applications because it is self-lubricating.  Its insulative characteristics make it a great choice in electrical applications.
  • Nylon: One of the most commonly used synthetic fabrics; nylon is machined at Brogan & Patrick Mfg.Corp. using sophisticated techniques. There are numerous configurations available of this polyamide and that is why it can be machined to fit different applications.
  • Delrin®: The chemical name of this compound is polyoxymethylene. We make use of this ingeniously engineered thermoplastic to machine plastics that have impeccable stability in terms of dimensions, very low friction rate, and immense stiffness. Right from locking systems to fasteners, and ball bearings, this thermoplastic is used extensively at Brogan & Patrick Mfg.Corp. for excellent product quality.
  • Torlon® Machining: Machining Torlon® requires the proper tooling and inserts. Torlon® often requires carbide or diamond tooling for production runs. Torlon® has the ability to hold extremely tight tolerances and perform at high levels in extreme heat as well as cold environments. In order, to get the best finish and most precise tolerances out of a machined Torlon® part, it requires the use of proper tooling, coolant as well as speeds and feeds.
  • Ultem®: Ultem® is a high strength and chemical resistant material. It can be used in continuous operating environments well over 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Ultem® is a great material for applications in the semiconductor industry, aerospace and medical fields.
  • ABS: ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) machine at our facility to fabricate parts that can be used for various mechanical processes. Although very tough to fabricate, this material exhibits excellent resistance to high temperatures.
  • Aluminum: Aluminum is lightweight, durable, affordable, and offers excellent corrosion resistance, which makes it an ideal choice for mission-critical applications in aerospace, military and defense, and other industries.

At Brogan & Patrick Mfg.Corp., we not only machine these plastic materials, but also ensure that their strength and durability is enhanced so that they can serve your applications in a better way.