5 Types of Unusual Materials for Machining Your Projects

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Steel, aluminum, and titanium aren’t the only materials that can be machined. In fact, even though most people still don’t know this, machining involves removing material to modify the shape or dimensions of a material to create a piece that meets very specific needs. Some unusual materials are therefore perfectly suitable for creating your pieces, such as:

Plexiglas

Frequently referred to as Plexiglas, PMMA is in fact a plastic material, a polymer that must be carefully machined, since working on this material presents risks of microcracks and therefore alteration. When a Plexiglas sheet or block is machined using a milling cutter, the material tends to overheat and produce a less precise result and finish. Plexiglas therefore requires experience and a certain quality of machine tool to guarantee a perfect cut. Starting with PMMA blocks or sheets, a machining company can create all sorts of machined parts to create furniture, signs, models, or technical parts with great precision.

RenShape®

Easy to machine, RenShape® offers a wide range of machinable boards that can meet various needs related to creating prototypes, moulds, parts, and components. Machining RenShape® boards offers a few notable advantages, such as a good finish, an easy cleanup thanks to a low level of residual particles, dimensional stability, and good detail definition. This material can therefore meet expectations in the fields of design and industrial machinery.

Lexan®

Like Plexiglas, Lexan® is a polymer with a high heat resistance as well as a resistance to impacts and chipping. Lexan® is a high-end plastic that can actually hold its own against certain metals. Also quite transparent, Lexan® is a material used to machine eyeglasses, discs and DVDs, camera lenses, smartphones, police shields, and motorcycle helmets.

Foam

Machining foam makes it possible to give it the dimensions and shape required for the end use of the material, which may be conventional or industrial packaging, the inner lining of various containers, shock protection, or thermal or acoustic insulation. Proper machining of this material, carried out by professionals, provides flexibility, stability, and adaptability to the material. Foam is a material that can meet different requirements in terms of its colour, its density, the reduction of its electrostatic charge, or its ability to meet fire safety standards.  

Polystyrene

Polystyrene is primarily used to design decorations or models, moulds, packages, and protective cushions of all sizes in various fields, such as events, the industrial environment, bodywork, and modelling. With just one block or several blocks of polystyrene, it’s possible to quickly create a shape that meets your needs by cutting, clipping, and assembling the pieces, then creating the finishes.

Current technology and specialized machinery offer a wide range of processing possibilities, and non-metallic materials such as plastics as well as flexible materials can therefore be machined using technical processes that ensure precision and an attractive finish. From modelling or 3D scanning to the materialization of your object, you can therefore obtain a tailor-made project in the dimensions that suit you in a short timeframe.

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