From plastic part design to full scale production – Arrowhead can help!

Whether your part will be made from molded fiberglass or thermoformed plastic, Arrowhead can help you with the product’s development from concept to production and everything in between.  Sometimes it's a sketch on a napkin.  Sometimes it's a sophisticated CAD model.  Sometimes it's a previously produced prototype.  Regardless of where you are in the [...]

2021-11-08T16:16:30-05:00August 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Eco-Tool – Affordable High Volume Tooling for Your Thermoformed Part

For many thermoformers, if a plastic part’s volume or lead time requires that a part be run on a rotary thermoforming machine, there is only one acceptable type of tool to utilize; water cooled aluminum.  A water cooled aluminum tool is usually produced by either machining a billet of aluminum to the correct size [...]

2021-02-09T15:28:44-05:00January 21st, 2021|Design, Fiberglass, Plastic Molding|0 Comments

Arrowhead Uses Best Practices to Recycle Plastic

Arrowhead Plastic Engineering is a company who thermoforms plastic parts into a variety of different shapes. I am a resident of Mother Earth and don’t want to see her cluttered with debris, waste and filth.  I also am a person who lives in the 21st Century and understands the benefits, conveniences and necessity of items [...]

2020-09-24T15:51:03-04:00July 15th, 2020|Manufacturing, Plastic Molding|0 Comments

Now that’s one heck of a doggone story!

Rut Roh Raggy, Our Dog has been Found… In life, sometimes things you have lost have a way of returning back to you. My grandfather had a business called Art Forms where he produced sculptures and artwork for various companies, municipalities and organizations.  His work can still be seen all over Indiana, surrounding states [...]

2020-09-24T14:20:57-04:00June 23rd, 2020|Creative, Fiberglass|0 Comments

It all starts with the design…

The design phase of the product development process is probably one of the most important, if not THE most important part of the product life cycle.  Without a good design, a molded fiberglass or thermoformed plastic part can be expensive to tool up, expensive to build, expensive to ship and expensive to modify.  Conversely, [...]

2020-09-24T14:26:06-04:00April 27th, 2020|Fiberglass, Manufacturing, Plastic Molding|Comments Off on It all starts with the design…

Thermoformed Plastic Covers and Guarding

When it comes to putting the finishing touches on your company’s product, multiple variables usually come into play.  The finishing touches need to provide a look that fits your company’s image as well provide any functionality that may be required.  Covers, guarding, skins, etc are usually utilized for this purpose.  Many times these guards [...]

2020-09-24T14:50:54-04:00September 24th, 2019|Fiberglass, Manufacturing, Plastic Molding|Comments Off on Thermoformed Plastic Covers and Guarding

Injection Molding vs Thermoforming Plastic

Plastic products are so common nowadays that you can find products made via plastic in nearly every store you walk into.  Walk down the electronics aisle of any retail store and you are bound to find USB drives, memory cards, webcams, headphones, speakers, etc all made from plastic.  Usually these products are all made [...]

2020-09-24T14:59:12-04:00October 12th, 2018|Fiberglass, Manufacturing, Plastic Molding|Comments Off on Injection Molding vs Thermoforming Plastic

Why molded Fiberglass or Thermoformed Plastic?

Why not steel or aluminum? Metal materials such as steel, aluminum and others have been used for years in many different industries. Each of these materials has its strengths but these strengths come at a cost. Thus, I thought it would make sense to type up a little series of blog post showing some [...]

2020-09-24T16:02:08-04:00September 26th, 2018|Fiberglass, Manufacturing, Plastic Molding|Comments Off on Why molded Fiberglass or Thermoformed Plastic?

Changing texture is easy with Thermoformed Plastic Parts

Let’s talk textures. Texture is an area in which thermoformed products have a distinct advantage over many other plastic processes such as injection molding, rotational molding, blow molding, etc. Unlike fiberglass and the aforementioned plastic processes, thermoformed (or vacuum formed) parts which require a texture don’t pick up this texture from the mold surface. The [...]

2018-07-30T16:11:09-04:00May 28th, 2018|Manufacturing, Plastic Molding|Comments Off on Changing texture is easy with Thermoformed Plastic Parts

Molded Fiberglass or Thermoformed Plastic – What’s the difference?

At Arrowhead Plastic Engineering, we operate 2 separate facilities in east-central Indiana. One plant specializes in fiberglass composites and the other plant thermoforms plastic parts. We are often asked, "What's the difference between the two." That's a great question with a complex answer. Fiberglass is what is considered a thermoset composite, whereas Thermoformed Plastic [...]

2020-09-25T11:01:33-04:00March 8th, 2018|Fiberglass, Manufacturing, Plastic Molding|Comments Off on Molded Fiberglass or Thermoformed Plastic – What’s the difference?
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