Plastic edge trim products offer an efficient, economical means for fabricators to finish the edges of various components. They see the most use in the industrial transportation and automotive industries, but can prove useful in a number of other applications.
Plastic trim molding can also benefit the overall aesthetic appearance of a component or piece of machinery. When properly cared for, molding and trim can make the difference between a part looking like a work-in-progress and a finished product. Plastic is also cost-efficient, so it’s an excellent choice for manufacturers looking to improve the aesthetics of their designs on a tight budget.
Unlike injection molding, which produces three-dimensional objects, plastic profile molding produces two-dimensional objects. The methodology behind the process was pioneered in 1820, but plastic profile molding has evolved significantly since.
The plastic profile molding process is intuitive and straightforward. Raw thermoplastic material is fed into an extrusion barrel via a top-mounted hopper. Depending on the application, multiple additives may be added to change the properties of the plastic—some projects call for colorants, some for UV inhibitors, and some for other options.
The molten plastic is pushed continuously through a two-dimensional die opening and then passed through several blocks. This phase of the process helps the molten plastic retain its desired form during the cooling process. The linear shapes produced by extrusion can be cut into multiple lengths.
Plastic trim has a number of potential applications because it can be heavily customized to meet a considerable variety of needs. Any product that calls for a safe, clean, and polished finished stands to benefit from the application of plastic trim.
Plastic trim can benefit any effort to limit damage and distortion. Plastic molding has a degree of pliability, making it ideal for use in architectural applications as ceiling and wall trim. It can also be utilized for doorway edging and baseboard molding.
Trim also contributes to increased durability. It can be used to protect industrial machinery from damage, offer protection from sharp edges and objects, and creating flexible bumpers. This aspect of plastic trim makes it a notable choice for automotive applications—it protects both drivers and their vehicles from harm.
Other applications for plastic trim include:
Plastic rain gutters
Truck bed covers
Car and other vehicle door edges
At BD Custom Manufacturing, we offer high-quality custom plastic extrusions designed to meet client needs. We serve customers in the construction, automotive, upholstery, and marine industries on a regular basis. We’ve made a business out of providing top-notch custom profiles and trims, and offer a vast selection of:
We’re dedicated to creating individualized solutions that meet your unique needs. Whether your project is big or small, we’ve got the tools and capabilities it takes to turn out quality parts in record time.
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