Plastic & rubber extrusion

The extrusion process is used to manufacture parts that are cross-sectionally uniform across their entire length. Although extrusion is most commonly used to produce metal components, plastics and rubbers can also be used such as PVC, ABS, polypropylene and polyethylene.

The solid plastic or rubber pellets are placed in a hopper mounted at the top of the extruder. The force of gravity then moves the material into the barrel, where they are heated and melt into a liquid, which is then moved out of the other end of the barrel by a motor-driven screw. Once the material has exited the barrel, it moves into the die - a custom-manufactured tool featuring an opening in the shape of the required cross-section of the component. As the material is forced out of the die, it takes on its profile, meaning that long lengths of extruded material can be created with cross-sectional consistency. The extrusions are then cooled in a water bath to allow them to properly solidify, before being cut to length.

Plastic and rubber extrusion is typically a continual production process, with material pellets constantly being fed into the hopper. Therefore, it is great for producing long material lengths in a short space of time, making high-volume production fast and simple.

Used to produce

Plastic and rubber parts that are cross-sectionally uniform across the entire length.

Materials

Plastics and rubbers such as PVC, ABS, polypropylene and polyethylene.

Advantages

A continual production process that is great for producing long material lengths in a short space of time, making high-volume production fast and simple.

Disadvantages

Extrusion carries some design limitations, as it is only suitable for producing cross-sectionally uniform parts.
Generally not suitable for lower-volume production.

Project Statistics Industry

1. START A PROJECT

Upload your drawings in almost any format, such as PDF, DXF, DWG, or Solidworks.

2. RECEIVE QUOTES

Interested suppliers will get in touch with you and provide a quote directly, saving you time.

3. TRACK PROJECTS

Use our Buying Platform to track the progress of your project and receive messages from suppliers.

100% FREE

This service is 100% free for buyers to use - this is because we are a supplier-funded network.

Drag, Drop, Source.

Drop files here to upload them

or

Select files
Maximum 10 files.
20 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, jpg, zip, dxf, dwg, doc, png, igs, stp, step, tif, xls, docx, xlsx, jpeg, slddrw, sldprt, ipt, bmp, edrw, pptx, rar, xps, ai, dae, stl, sat, gif, easm, pdx, txt, rtf.

Start Your Project.

Start by simply uploading your drawings today and recieve direct contact from UK-based subcontract manufacturers with the specialist skills, knowledge, approvals and capacity to help.
Qimtek can post your project(s) to our Supplier Members with a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) that will need to be signed before they access any of your drawings or contact details. You can either upload your own above or use the generic Qimtek form.
Project Deadlines

Project Deadlines

Although it is widley known that Qimtek can help you to get quotes the same day, we suggest that to maximise your response you provide our Supplier Members up to five days to quote. If your project is more urgent than this please check the box below and we will be in touch.
We will endevour to get back to you within 2 hours to discuss and publish your project. (Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm).
Quantity, Frequency & Project Description

Quick Post: Project Details

To help you to get the best possible response, prices and right type of suppliers in contact with you, please be as specific as you can. For example by letting the potential supplier know if there could be future work available might produce better quotes.
You can add up to 5 parts in this section. However, if you have more you can always upload a bill of materials file above or discuss this with your sourcing account manager when they contact you.
Your details

Your details

Name

What is the best method for suppliers to contact you?

We will be putting suppliers in contact with you directly so they can quote your project. Some suppliers may have questions so they can quote you correctly. Additionally, most suppliers usually like to follow up to see how they got on and all we ask is that you provide them with feedback, whether they have won the project or not. With this in mind what is the best method to reach you on (you can choose both)? 
 
Terms