You may have heard about the myriad benefits of thermoplastic composite parts, as Re:Build Oribi Composites’s innovative manufacturing process has enabled companies in a wide variety of industries to transition away from traditional materials.
Compared to traditional metals such as metalics and plastics, thermoplastic composites are stronger, lighter, and more versatile, making them ideal for applications like aerospace, automotive, protective equipment, and more. In this blog post, our experts will identify 8 keys to successfully sourcing thermoplastic composite parts to transform your business.
#1: Specify your product requirements
Every industry and every product is different, so the first step to success is clearly defining your product requirements. What benefits do you need to achieve with your component parts? Does strength matter most? Weight? Corrosion resistance? Consider factors like the environmental conditions your part will operate in, its load-bearing capabilities, and the desired lifespan of your product. By specifying these factors, you’ll be able to narrow down your material and supplier options.
#2: Partner with an experienced supplier
Manufacturers that work primarily with traditional materials may not be the best bet for innovative solutions. Instead, find a supplier with deep knowledge and experience with thermoplastic composite part manufacturing, who can help you optimize your product design. Strong engineering and quality control teams are a must!
#3: Choose your material
Thermoplastic composites can be made of fiberglass, carbon fiber, and more. Each material offers different unique advantages, and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each material is crucial to making an informed decision. Your part supplier should be able to help you determine which materials will best meet your unique needs.
#4: Optimize your design
Thermoplastic composite parts allow for more intricate and complex product designs. So when making the transition, consider redesigning your product to increase its efficiency or lifespan. Partnering with a supplier like Re:Build Oribi Composites, with decades of experience in thermoplastic design, can help you navigate this process.
#5: Scalability is key
High-volume, cost-effective production of thermoplastic composite parts has only become possible in recent years, thanks to Re:Build Oribi Composites’s manufacturing innovation. Choose a supplier with the capacity to grow and scale with your production volume needs, to avoid bottlenecks and disruptions in the supply chain.
#6: Consider sustainability
Thermoplastics are more eco-friendly and easily recyclable than many traditional materials and thermoset composites. Use environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing processes to align your project with global sustainability goals.
#7: Build strong communication networks
No matter who you decide to partner with, clear communication is key for every sourcing project. Keep in touch with your supplier regularly to address concerns, track progress, and make adjustments as needed.
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