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Plastic CNC Milling

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Using the largest range of plastic materials
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Precision Plastic CNC Milling Components

IPFL’s expertise in CNC milling is a cornerstone of our high-quality, precision-machined plastic components service. Utilizing advanced CNC milling technology, we produce intricate and detailed parts from a variety of materials including acrylic, acetal, nylon, HDPE, PEEK, and polypropylene. Our state-of-the-art milling machines ensure tight tolerances and superior surface finishes, complemented by a full suite of services such as CNC turning, routing, laser cutting, and UV digital printing, providing comprehensive solutions for all your plastic component requirements.

 

High speed 3 & 5 axis milling machines

Milling tools down to 0.1mm diameter for fine features

Drilling from 0.1mm diameter

Spindle speeds of up to 60,000 rpm for fast material removal

CNC Milling: The IPFL Edge

Precision and Complexity: Our CNC milling machines handle complex geometries with high precision, ensuring components meet stringent specifications.
Material Versatility: We work with a broad spectrum of plastics, each selected for its specific properties to match your project’s unique requirements.
Customized Manufacturing: From unique prototypes to small batch productions, our CNC milling is customized to align with your project objectives.

Why Choose IPFL for CNC Milling?

Innovative Machining Capabilities: We specialize in producing parts with challenging shapes and tight tolerances.
Efficient Production: Our processes are streamlined for both flexibility and speed, ensuring timely delivery without compromising on quality.
Stringent Quality Control: Every milled component undergoes rigorous quality checks to meet both our high standards and your expectations.

Acrylic

Acrylic's properties include high machinability, good thermal properties for a broad range of temperatures, and the distortion-free light transmission.
Appearance
Transparent
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
plastic laser welding cnc routing

Ultem

ULTEM is a High performance thermoplastic, also known as PEI, or polyetherimide, and is usually transparent amber in colour.
Appearance
Tan transparent
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
ultem uk plastics

PEEK

PEEK (polyetheretherketone) is a high performance plastic utilised for applications requiring chemical and water resistance as well as high temperature applications.
Appearance
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
Product Developers and Specialists UK

Acetal

Acetal is a high strength, high rigidity homopolymer with excellent surface coeffiecient making it ideal for demanding industrial and medical applications.
Appearance
Tough smooth finish
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
Acetal Plastic Product Development

COC

This very new material is now being leverage for applications where other materials such as acrylic could not perform.
Appearance
Transparent
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
Micro-fluidic Diffusion Bonded manifold

ABS

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is a high impact, tough material available with a range of options and properties.
Appearance
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
Vacuum Formers UK

HDPE

High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is a high strength to density ratio polymer which is generally considered a low cost solution to many applications.
Appearance
Tough smooth finish
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
hdpe uk plastics

HIPS

HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) is a low cost, durable and light weight plastic which can be machined and vacuum formed on mass for many types of products.
Appearance
Various
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
Vacuum Forming IPFL

Mylar

Mylar is the branded group of Polyethylene Terephthalate films and plastic sheets from Dupont. Supplied in a variety of different styles and finishes there are many applications which this materials can be applied.
Appearance
Clear sheet
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
mylar uk plastics

PC

Polycarbonate is a material which is greatly favoured by many of IPFL’s customers. Its high impact resistance, electrical properties and optical clarity are all properties which are sought after in many industries.
Appearance
Transparent
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
Manufacturers of Plastic PC Covers

Nylon

Available with many different properties and additive, Nylon (Polyamide) is a widely used plastic throughout many industries.
Appearance
Black or grey
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
Nylon Thermoplastic Printing

PET-G

Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PET-G), is a light, semi-rigid material with good impact resistance. With its low water absorbtion it is commonly used in aqueous environments and can be utilised through both machining and 3D printing processes.
Appearance
Various
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
petg uk plastics

PTFE

PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), often known as Teflon, is well know for its low surface coefficient which makes it ideal for many industrial and medical applications.
Appearance
Tough smooth finish
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
PTFE Boxes, Cases and Enclosures

PVC

PolyvinylChloride (PVC) is a well known and widely used plastic polymer which comes in two basic forms with slightly varying properties.
Appearance
Various
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
custom PVC plastic Enclosure manufacturer UK
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Plastic CNC Milling Applications

At IPFL, our CNC milling services are precisely tailored to meet the diverse needs of your projects. Whether it’s handling high-volume production or specialized prototype runs, we deliver the highest quality components. Our commitment to precision and efficiency ensures every milled part, whether standalone or part of a larger assembly, is produced with exceptional detail and quality.

Applications of CNC Milling:

  • Rapid Prototyping: Quickly transforming designs into physical models for testing and development.
  • Complex Geometries: Expertly crafting intricate designs, ideal for both technical and aesthetic components.
  • Industrial and Technical Parts: Creating durable components for industrial machinery and technical devices, showcasing our versatility across various industries.

Types of CNC Milling: CNC milling at IPFL involves diverse machining types to suit your specific project requirements:

  • Multi-Axis Milling: Utilizing three, four, or five-axis systems for complex part geometries.
  • Lathe Machines: Ideal for parts requiring circular motion cuts, typically with 2 axes.
  • Electric Discharge Machines (EDM): Employing electrical sparks to mold workpieces into precise shapes.
  • Hobbing: Specialized in cutting gears, splines, and sprockets.
  • Other Methods: Including plasma and water jet cutters for specific project needs.

CNC Milling vs 3D Printing: While 3D printing excels in the early stages of development, CNC milling is often preferred for mid to late-stage development due to its ability to produce functionally stronger parts with superior quality and finish.

Advantages of CNC Milling:

  • Speed and Repeatability: Ideal for low volume manufacturing, delivering fast and consistent results.
  • High Precision and Tolerance: CNC prototypes meet precise specifications with high tolerances.
  • Material Versatility: A wide range of materials are available for both production and prototype manufacturing, offering greater flexibility.

Our advanced CNC milling services ensure that from the initial concept to the final product, your components lead in innovation and quality.