ClickFold Plastics was founded in 2001 to fill a void in the market place. Traditionally there have been very few choices for industrial buyers of enclosures: Buy off-the-shelf, invest in plastic molds, or settle for sheet-metal.
None of these choices fully satisfies the needs of companies that manufacture custom products in smaller volumes. We addressed this problem with a unique zero-tooling process that allows the manufacture of custom plastic parts without the need for expensive molds or any other kind of tooling.
Our process offers a more cost effective solution for low-volume products than injection molding and delivers a more appealing product than sheet metal forming.
Is to be the preferred partner for companies that regularly require custom plastic parts and enclosures in smaller volumes. Our systematic design approach and unique zero-tooling process allows just-in-time delivery of high-end fabricated plastic parts and we aim to be the market leader in this segment. Our focus is on fast and simple product development, prototyping, and cost effective production.
Our experienced product designers start the process by contacting you to discuss the project. Based on your specifications they will create a CAD model and e-mail you an easy-to-view 3-D animation of your product. Once the design is approved by you, we will process a prototype for testing and evaluation. All parts are cut on high-speed CNC routers, thermo-folded and then “clicked” together or solvent welded in assembly. Tongue and groove joints make for a clean, tight fit. Since the prototype is made using the very same steps that our production parts go through, we are ready for production when you are.
We use thermoplastic materials, predominantly multi-purpose ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), PC (Polycarbonate), PETG, and Acrylic. Our solid colors come with a lightly textured finish that hides scratches and minimizes reflection, yet is smooth enough for clean printing results. Our clear and translucent materials are available in smooth polished, non-glare, or frosted finishes.
Mounting of Internal Components
CNC-machined recesses ensure accurate positioning of standoffs and mounting clips, which are then solvent welded into place. Where necessary, inserts are heat-staked into their pilot holes. We recommend our plastic-specific self-threading PLASTITE screws since they offer more holding power at a lower cost than conventional fasteners.
EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) Shielding
This optional shielding offers protection that rivals that of metal sheets. A conductive coating is applied to the plastic sheets prior to processing. This is far more cost effective than the post-molding, masking and coating process required to accomplish the same for injection molded parts.
Digital Full-Color Printing
Our digital flat-bed printer allows for photo-quality printing of your company’s logo and markings on the finished product. The UV-cured ink is extremely wear resistant and will not fade.
No Painting Needed
Our parts do not require any coatings or finishing operations – a major cost reduction compared to sheet metal parts.
Our parts are a close match to injection molded parts in appearance, finish and durability. Compared to sheet metal parts they offer more design options, less weight and eliminate the need for paint or powder coating processes.
The key advantages are:
Size Limitations, Tolerances & Material Properties