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Good afternoon,

We now perfected a technique of molding this 2 colored rod in machine grade ABS, so now that we have it, what would you make out of it?
We have a 3 question form on our site to gather your ideas, or just respond to this thread.

It should be a fun brain teaser!

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Weight per inch? What source materials were Used? Strengt?


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Can you make different sizes? (diameters)
Can you make different colours?

I have a friend making wooden pens from kits.
I have thought about trying aluminum, brass, copper or even stainless.
This material would look really neat if you used fairly deep ribbed cuts that exposed the colour changes and formed a grip near the tip.

-brino

PS: I'll have to go look up "Hampton"
 

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Chess pieces might look interesting with something like that.
 

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Brino,

We can definitely do other colors, we are currently collecting a bit of statistics on our site. And based on the response we receive we will build other color combinations in mid August. So if you or your friend are interested, please answer just 3 questions on our site!

By the end of August we also should have amazing colors and patterns in CAB plastic specifically for pen makers market.
Thank you for your interest!
 

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ttabbal,

Interestingly enough, making chess set was our first idea when we developed the process for this product!

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Are both materials suitable for use in food and Pharma manufacturing, US FDA or EFSA?
 

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Zathros,

Weight per inch? - The weight is approximately 0.033 lbs/inch

What source materials were Used?- It is ABS

Strength? - The strength is the same as normal ABS.

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P. Waller,

We can provide parts which are made of ABS grades approved for use in food contact application by US FDA. This is a special order with 150 lbs minimum.
We are not currently certified to provide products for medical use.

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Have you considered making filament for 3D printing?

A two colour filament may produce some nice results in a 3D print. The typical diameter is only 1.75mm though so a lot smaller than your present products.
 

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Melting two-colour ABS and forcing it through a 0.4mm hole will just mix the colours into one new colour. There are multi-feed extruders that do that now.
 

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Dave,

Thank you for your input, we are not set up to manufacture filament. We manufacture extruded sheets and some tubes, but we currently concentrate most of our efforts on injection molded process. All of our rods and blocks are injection molded .
We manufacture (injection mold, not extrude) and supply solid colored machine grade plastics in low stress blocks and rods which don't warp or twist when you machine them.
We believe that this is a very important niche that currently isn't addressed by large plastic rods and blocks suppliers.

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Can you make different sizes? (diameters)
Can you make different colours?

I have a friend making wooden pens from kits.
I have thought about trying aluminum, brass, copper or even stainless.
This material would look really neat if you used fairly deep ribbed cuts that exposed the colour changes and formed a grip near the tip.

-brino

PS: I'll have to go look up "Hampton"
Brino, the cuts wouldn't necessarily need to be deep if you turned down the OD first.
 

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I am a little surprised our resident top makers haven't chimed in. Maybe plastic is to light for them.

Do you make other sizes in multi-color? And is two colors the limit?
 

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Good call Randy, tops and gryoscopes could be an interesting niche for something like this. Yo-yos also come to mind, assuming you can get material large enough. I don't know if the weight is an issue though there are plenty of commercial toys made from ABS.
 

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Randy,

We have developed new technology for making low cost mold tolling. As such, we are open to requests for other sizes and colors if we can figure out what people want and need. Do you have any particular sizes in mind? We will adding some 3 and 4 color parts in the coming months to enable amazing projects including pens, chess sets, and other great items.
We are currently collecting a feedback of combination of colors people might want. And actually based on your questions, we just modified the questioner on our site to add a question about dimensions that might be desired, we hope that people would be interested to participate.

Thank you for your questions!
 

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PB, thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Unfortunately I am just being inquisitive, and really do not have any project at this time to consider. This is one of those things I just tuck away for a later date.

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I'd make fluted tool handles. . .
 

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I'd make fluted tool handles
okay, that gets me thinking of musical instruments. What about a recorder? or tuning peg handles for guitars?

@Plastiblocks, I see you're a site sponsor getting a little brainstorming/ market research in. Great! I hope you stick around the site for a while answering questions and filling needs. We have an amazingly creative membership here.
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Fishing lures .
 

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Brino,

We are here because we are looking for feedback, input and potential customers. We truly believe that our products are unique and very price competitive. We are new to the market place in this industry, so we are still trying to figure out how to reach people, how to let them know that we exist and hopefully help them with whatever projects' needs they have when it comes to plastic (we are small company, so no much budget for Google ads LOL).
We also injection mold huge parts - solid rods up to 8" diameter! It is not for hobby market, but it is pretty impressive.
The company that developed equipment we are using was in R&D business for about 40 years, they understand the difference between extruded and injection molded parts, pros and cons of machining and fabricating different plastics, tensile strengths, UV stabilizers etc. We are working on a series of short educational pieces (articles and few videos) to hopefully be useful for people who use our products.
So, we are planning to stay for a while, hope to meet a lot of interesting people and exchange ideas.
If anyone is reading this post and is interested to give us ideas, advise, suggestion, you can always use our ONLNE form to contact us .

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Do the 2 materials have differing physical properties other than color? I could see a use for such a product in the labeling industry, a hard machinable core with a soft open cell outer surface, we make this sort of thing using a POM core which is then straight knurled and a foam tube is pressed over it, these press the label onto the product. We also make aluminum core rollers that have a urethane cover molded on to the OD, these are web drive components. Like so,
I have nothing to do with this Co. it is just the first that appeared in a Google search but are the same thing.
Making them from multiple parts then assembling afterwards is not the fastest way to go about it, the packaging and labeling industries use many thousands of them per year.
 

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P Waller,

Thank you for your comments. We have the ability to molded/extrude multiple layers of materials with different chemistry, different physical properties and we can overmold metal cores easily and quickly. Our sister company will be offering equipment for sale and for lease to do this as a process for other starting in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Dash knobs for classic cars. Have a few missing from a 70 Galaxie I just bought. Of course you would have to make them all to match. Mike
 
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