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Machining Materials at IPFL – The Foundation of Precision Engineering

With decades of experience in precision engineering, we recognize that the cornerstone of exceptional machining lies in the quality and suitability of the materials used. Our commitment to excellence in CNC machining, routing, and diamond machining is reflected in our meticulous selection of materials, ensuring every component we produce meets the highest standards of performance and durability.

ABS

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

Acetal

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

Acrylic

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

COC

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

Corian

This beautiful looking material is composed of acrylic with mineral additives giving it a stone-like appearance.
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Temperature Resistant
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Corian material

HDPE

High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is a high strength to density ratio polymer which is generally considered a low cost solution to many applications.
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Tough smooth finish
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Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
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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.
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Various
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Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
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Vacuum Forming IPFL

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.
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Transparent
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Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
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Manufacturers of Plastic PC Covers

Nylon

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

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.
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Clear sheet
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Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
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PEEK

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

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.
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Various
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Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
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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.
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Tough smooth finish
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Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
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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.
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Various
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Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
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custom PVC plastic Enclosure manufacturer UK

Ultem

ULTEM is a High performance thermoplastic, also known as PEI, or polyetherimide, and is usually transparent amber in colour.
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Tan transparent
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Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
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Tailoring Materials to Your Specific Needs

  • Acrylic and Polycarbonate: For parts requiring transparency and impact resistance, ideal for optical applications and display units.
  • Nylon and HDPE: Offering excellent wear resistance and strength, perfect for industrial components and gears.
  • PEEK and PTFE: Known for their high-temperature tolerance and chemical resistance, these materials are ideal for challenging environments like aerospace or chemical processing.
  • Acetal and PVC: Versatile and durable, these materials are suited for a range of applications from precision gears to piping systems.

Each material is chosen not just for its inherent qualities, but for its ability to be precisely shaped, cut, and finished using our state-of-the-art CNC milling, turning, and routing equipment. From the tough and durable to the intricate and detailed, our materials are selected to ensure your project’s specifications are not just met, but exceeded.

Our expertise extends beyond just machining; we provide comprehensive guidance on material selection, ensuring that your project benefits from the most suitable material properties. Whether it’s achieving the finest finish with diamond machining or ensuring structural integrity in complex CNC milling projects, the material selection at IPFL is about finding the perfect synergy between your project needs and our technical capabilities.

Join us at IPFL, where exceptional materials meet cutting-edge machining techniques, and every project is an opportunity to showcase the art of precision engineering.