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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 [...]

2019-10-31T23:49:34-04:00September 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 [...]

2018-11-26T14:52:54-05:00October 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 [...]

2019-02-04T15:30:14-05:00September 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 [...]

2018-10-12T13:03:42-04:00March 8th, 2018|Fiberglass, Manufacturing, Plastic Molding|Comments Off on Molded Fiberglass or Thermoformed Plastic – What’s the difference?

Meeting Diverse Pattern Needs with CNC Technology

Customers of Arrowhead Plastic Engineering benefit from decreased lead times and increased precision thanks to the company's five 5-axis CNC routers.  All of the CNCs have a 60” x 120” bed.  The machines are capable of cutting hard woods, low and high density tooling board, low density foam blocks and other advanced tooling materials, [...]

2019-11-01T00:02:28-04:00November 28th, 2016|Fiberglass, Manufacturing|Comments Off on Meeting Diverse Pattern Needs with CNC Technology

Precision Fiberglass and Plastic molding is just a (Faro) arm’s length away

Quick Summary: By utilizing our FARO Arm, Arrowhead can offer precision custom molded fiberglass and thermoplastic parts to our customers with even the tightest of tolerances.  The FARO Arm allows for precision measuring, laser scanning and CAD generation, reverse engineering and physical part to CAD model comparisons.  Whether it be measuring tooling for accuracy, [...]

2016-12-20T20:21:49-05:00October 28th, 2016|Fiberglass, Manufacturing|Comments Off on Precision Fiberglass and Plastic molding is just a (Faro) arm’s length away

Producing open molded spray-up parts with precision accuracy

There are many different methods a company can utilize to mold a fiberglass part.  Some of these include but are not limited to:  hand layup, spray-up, closed cavity bag molding, RTM, RTM lite, compression molding and cold molding.  Each process has its own set of unique advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to molding [...]

2016-12-20T20:22:00-05:00September 9th, 2016|Fiberglass, Manufacturing|Comments Off on Producing open molded spray-up parts with precision accuracy