Custom made plastic trays
- CNC machining,
- 3D printing (FDM, SLA etc.)
- Acrylic laser cutting and assembly or Acrylic forming,
- Plastic injection molding,
The most important is to choose the custom made plastic trays manufacturing process based on below:
- Your quantities for custom made plastic trays,
- Your purpose to custom make plastic trays,
- The surface finishing of custom made plastic trays,
- The structure of the plastic trays, this is one of main factory to choose the manufacturing process.
The CNC machining process should be competitive when you just need to make from 1 pcs to 5 pcs plastic trays, the best resin for this process should be ABS and PMMA ( acrylic). It is also possible tothe plastic trays with gross finishing.
3D printing to custom made plastic trays
It is not possible to use FDM 3D printing to print high gloss finishing plastic trays, it should be polishing after the printing. The cost should be similar as the CNC machining process, but this also depends on how big and how complex process of your custom plastic trays.
SLA process is possible to print high gloss plastic trays, but it is too expensive, by using this process the plastic tray can not be used for stocking food etc. Because of expensive, it is just used for engineering purpose or make the samples for exhibition or function test.
This is very reasonable process to make custom plastic trays thanks to this process just use the very cheap mold to make custom plastic trays, normally the mold is build with aluminum. Based on my experience, normally this process have the advantage to make plastic tray less than 2000 pcs compare to injection molding. Acturally, you can inquiry two different process to compare the cost.
Acrylic laser cutting and assembly or Acrylic forming,
“Acrlic laser cutting process and assembly” is using the laser cutting machine to cut the acrlic plate, then glue the plates to form plastic trays. This is one of reasonable custom plastic trays manufacturing process if you do not need to undertake the mold cost. It should be competitive to make 1 to 2000 trays.
Sure you can choose different color acrylic plates to form your various color plastic trays. This process is also widely used for display box and display shelf.
Acrylic forming is also to use very simple mold to form the plastic trays, you can not make lots of complex feature on your plastic trays such as ribs. Basically the common plastic trays is possible to be carried out.
Custom made plastic trays with injection molding
process is the most reasonable process to have mass production for custom made plastic trays. If you need to make the plastic trays more than 2000 pcs, normally the reasonable process should be injection molding. But you should compare with different process cost by using your own custom plastic trays.