Category Archives: Plastic Manufacturing

Retention Fasteners


A retention fastener solves attachment applications where the design intent is simply to keep two separate materials joined or positioned in a specific arrangement.  Retention fasteners can be broken down into two main categories:  pin-style and clip-style.  Both pins and clips function on the basis of providing a shear barrier to materials sliding out of […]

Plastics: Part of A Sustainable Future


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Companies dedicated to the production of plastic products have long realized that this is an industry with explosive growth. However, simply stating that the plastics industry is growing is a somewhat simplistic view of what is happening. In reality, if analyzed correctly, this growth is actually moving into a whole new direction, that of the […]

Plastic Innovations Aid Agricultural Efforts


Plastic innovations - Junior agricultural scientists researching plants and diseases in a greenhouse with parsley

Like the computer, plastic, an invention of the 20th century, has changed our lives forever. The plastics industry has helped improve healthcare, fuel efficiency, technology and many other industries we have covered here. But what about agriculture? Plastic Innovations Today, modern agriculture relies heavily on the use of plastic materials and products in its various […]

It’s all in the little details: Choosing the right fastener for your product


Visit Kickstarter on any given day, and you’ll see close to three to four thousand projects. A t least a few hundred of them are product design or manufacturing related. And it is this that shows us that startup companies are changing the world in unusual, exciting and groundbreaking ways. Many of these life changing […]

After the Design process: Building your first 3D Prototype Using Plastic Fasteners


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“Fasten your seat belts, we are experiencing some turbulence as we move through this cloud cluster,” the pilot announced while I was on a flight back from an Ansys conference in Pennsylvania last month. The lady next to me leaned over and said, “ I never really understand what that means.” It was her puzzlement that reminded […]