The finishing touch
Fabrication & assembly for polycarbonate parts
After a polycarbonate part is designed and produced through injection molding, blow molding, thermoforming, extrusion or another process, fabrication and assembly are usually required before the component is considered market ready.
Most finished parts require some type of assembly, whether by mechanical fasteners, bonding, snap-fit joints, welding, or other joining techniques.
Through careful part design, its possible to optimize assembly: Well-designed parts include features to ease assembly and assure correct positioning and orientation.
Actively trying to improve part assembly often results in cost and time savings. One method is to mold-in designs that will eliminate or reduce the need for hardware. Eliminating mechanical fasteners, such as screws and bolts, reduces assembly and dismantling costs. Often, mechanical fasteners can be replaced with snap-fit joints and latches, among others.
Fabricating impacts part aesthetics and functionality. Decorative effects can be achieved through painting and laser marking. Painting, coating and plating techniques enhance aesthetics and provide uniform color and texture to parts made from different materials or by different processes. Additionally, some paints perform functions, like electrically conductive paints for EMI/RFI shielding. Certain parts may require machining or other finishing operations to achieve the desired look.