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Engineered Plastic Components and the Cost vs. Performance Debate

May 12, 2015

When does the cost of machining expensive plastics outweigh the cost of traditional metals?

Thank you for your overwhelming response to our recent technical paper, Machining Plastics the Essential Guide to Tools and Techniques! We’ve heard from many of you stating that this guide to engineered plastic components has become a go-to resource for your machine shop. We’ve also had some follow-up questions about the cost vs. performance debate, especially with regard to more-expensive materials. When does the cost of machining expensive plastics outweigh the cost of traditional metals? Read on for more (and to view our relative cost of materials chart).

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Celebrating Robotics Week 2015 with Engineered Plastics

April 7, 2015

Celebrating Robotics Week 2015 with Engineered Plastics

Did you know that April 4-12 is National Robotics Week? Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, National Robotics Week was initially founded to “increase public awareness of the growing importance of robo-technology and the social and cultural impact it will have in the future.” At TriStar, the future of robo-technology is here! We’ve placed engineered plastics and precision bearing materials in applications ranging from rugged automotive to delicate medical robotics - even in underwater robotics applications.

Here’s how engineered plastic bearings are making a difference in the robotics industry:

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4 Common Myths About Plastic Bearings

February 26, 2015

4 Common Myths About Plastic BearingsPlastic bearings vs. metal bearings. This is a debate that we still encounter in our site visits, as some engineers are reluctant to specify plastic bearings in their designs for one reason or another. Why is there still a resistance to engineered plastics in some industries? Today on Tech Talk, we want to debunk 4 of the most-common myths about engineered plastic bearings. 

Read more about bearing myths debunked!

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