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Donite Plastics Services
Imaginative but practical solutions to help you get the product you want.
Do you need a CAD model of your product? You can use this to check the fit and interaction of various components or to develop the design. We can also create fully rendered life-like images for promotional material.
ABS, HIPS, PP, HDPE, Acrylic , Polycarb, GRP, ASA, PETG, PVC, etc, etc.. Let us advise you on the best Polymer for your application.
Should your product be injection moulded, Vacuum Formed or Blow Moulded? Or maybe it would be better to line bend part of it and then CNC machine and fabricate another bit? Even though we do not do all these processes ourselves we can advise you of the best one for you and design your product to suit that process.
Prototype and tooling manufacture:
Low tooling costs make Vacuum Forming processes ideally suited to producing short runs or even one-off prototypes.
Machining, punching, laser-cutting, bending and fabricating plastic parts may involve no tooling costs whatsoever.
Although Donite do not make high volume, lightweight packaging clients would often get them to design the packaging and made a few prototypes for testing & marketing.
Vacuum forming moulds & trim fixtures
These are all manufactured in-house using the latest CAD/CAM technology. This ensures very short lead times and minimum costs. Tool Costs for vacuum forming are probably the lowest of all the mainstream plastic processes.
Tooling for other companies
We are happy to manufacture tools and fixtures for other moulding companies using other processes.
For example, our large cnc routers and milling machines are ideal for making master moulds for GPP or trim fixtures for rotational moulded parts.
Donite is NI’s premier vacuum forming company for heavy duty parts, i.e. excluding disposable packaging. We can make parts from a few centimetres up to 2.4 x 1.5 metres (x 0.5 m high). Donite’s largest vacuum forming machine is the biggest in Ireland.
Our Laser cutting machine is ideal for cutting 2D acrylic parts measuring up to 1.3 m wide and 15 mm thick (any length). This laser gives a superb polished edge. It can cut very fine detail and slots down to 0.3 mm wide. Texts and logos can also be etched into the surface using the laser.
Plastic trimming & machining
Two 5-axis CNC routers can machine plastic parts up to 2.5 x 1.5 x 0.8 metres. Four 3-axis machines are also used for machining flat parts.
This very simple process involves heating a thermoplastic sheet along a thin line - usually with a heated wire. The sheet is then bent to the required angle and held there for a short while until it has cooled and set.
Roller and Clicker Press are used to punch out Flat Plastic and Rubber Parts and Gaskets.