Processing Methods

Cutting

This is the processing method through which objects are cut using cutting tools.

Characteristics

  • (1) Materials can be processed using metal-cutting machines or ultrasteel blades.
  • (2) Materials can be precisely processed thanks to the absence of CF alignment, voids, and cracks.
  • (3) Materials can be processed without deburring.

Applications: Prototypes, Mockups
Materials Used: Blocks, Pipes, Mandrels

Vacuum forming

This is the processing method through which heated and softened plastic sheets are placed on a mold and air is extracted from between the sheet and the mold, causing the sheet to adhere to the mold at atmospheric pressure.

Characteristics

  • (1) High molding cycle
  • (2) Can create deeply drawn forms
  • (3) Can be molded using the same vacuum forming machines as those for traditional plastic sheets.

Punching

This is the processing method through which a plate or sheet is punched using metal molds called a punch and a die.

Characteristics

  • (1) Materials can be punched without deburring.
  • (2) The pore diameter of the punches can be less than the thickness of the sheet. Applications: Speaker covers, parts for racing bikes

Applications: Speaker covers, parts for racing bikes
Uses: Filters
Materials Used: Sheets

Sandwich Molding

This is the processing method through which a laminate is formed by sandwiching and adhering materials such as foam between rigid sheets.

Characteristics

  • (1) Strong and lightweight
  • (2) The specific gravity of 1/5 to 1/6 compared to those of blocks of the same shape

Uses: Shock absorbers
Materials Used: Sheets, Foam

Pressing, Stamping

This is the processing method through which a heated, softened plastic sheet is formed into a shape by being pressed into an upper mold and lower mold.

Characteristics

  • (1) Can add ribs or valleys
  • (2) Can mold products with large areas or thin walls (difficult for injection molding) without welding.

Uses: Casings for computers or tablets
Materials Used: Sheets

Laminating

This is the processing method through which a thin sheet or film is adhered to create a laminated sheet.

Characteristics

  • (1) A strong but lightweight mirror can be created without using metal.
  • (2) Custom designs can be added according to the specific purpose.

Uses: Mirrors, Reflective materials
Materials Used: Sheets, Laminated material

3D Punching

This is the processing method through which a porous 3D object is created using vacuum forming with a masking film.

Characteristics

  • (1) Porous 3D forms can be created in shapes not possible through traditional methods.

Uses: Speaker covers
Materials used: Punching sheets, Masking film

Design Punching

This is the processing method through which a design is punched into a sheet.

Characteristics

  • (1) A variety of designs can be implemented through arrangements of the shape, diameter, and pattern of the punched holes.

Uses: Custom design materials
Materials Used: Sheets

Laminate Punching

This is the processing method of punching a laminated sheet.

Characteristics

  • (1) The sheets can be punched without deburring even with laminate layers on their surfaces.

Uses: Custom design materials
Materials Used: Laminated sheets

Bending

This is the processing method through which heated, softened plastic is shaped by being placed in a mold and then cooled.

Characteristics

  • (1) This is the processing method through which heated, softened plastic is shaped by being placed in a mold and then cooled.

Uses: Frames, Beams
Materials Used: Pipes, Modified cross sections