3 Tips For Designing A Plastic Extrusion

Posted on: 28 July 2020


If your business needs some custom plastic extrusions, it is up to you to create a design that will help fulfill your needs. When it comes to designing a plastic extrusion, not all designs are equal or the same. Some designs offer more benefits than others, which is why it is important to understand some of the elements of good design before you get started.

Tip #1: Consistency in Wall Thickness

As you work on your design, make sure the thickness of the walls is consistent throughout the design. When you change the thickness of the wall throughout the design, you are not going to get as good of a flow of material into the mold that makes the plastic extrusion.

When you make the walls of the plastic extrusion different thicknesses, the material will not cool at the same rate throughout the extrusion.

This can cause the product to bow and not have the right strength and substance to support your operations. It is best to make the thickness of the plastic extrusion the same throughout for better strength and integrity.

Tip #2: Minimize Internal Details

When it comes to the inside of your extrusions, you need to keep the details to a minimum. The inside of the plastic extrusion is created using a vacuum. It can support very simple designs.

However, if you try to get complex with the inside of the plastic extrusion, the quality of the product is going to decrease because the quality of what is happening of a tube cannot be controlled.

If you decide to forgo the tube, you can add a little bit more detail to the inside of the plastic extrusion. When the design is opened, it is a little easier to control the quality of the design. Additionally, a vacuum doesn't have to be used with an open design, allowing for a little more flexibility.

Tip #3: Open the Radius

When designing your plastic extrusions, you are going to want to go with large radii. You are going to want to keep the radius as large as possible. If you make the radius too small, there is a larger chance of your design suffering from cracking and notching within the corner of your design. A larger radius is less likely to face these issues.

When it comes to designing a custom plastic protrusion, make sure you focus on keeping the thickness of the walls consistent, keep the internal details to a minimum, and use a large open radius. These three tips will help you create strong and stable plastic protrusions.

For additional tips, go to sites about plastic profiles and extrusion.