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Plastic Fabrication Services

Display Developments are expert plastic fabricators in bespoke plastic forming, plastic prototyping, plastic fabrication and plastic manufacturing for display, point of sale, product design, retail and engineering purposes.

With 60+ years of expertise as a market leading plastic manufacturer and plastic fabrication company, along with providing bespoke plastic moulding services, thermoforming of plastic sheets, specialist plastic machining and custom plastic prototyping services, Display Developments delivers an exceptional bespoke plastic design and manufacturing service for clients across Kent, London, the UK, Europe and internationally.

From bespoke plastic moulding design and plastic fabrications to the supply of prefabricated plastic products, we’re experienced plastic manufacturers offering the complete solution to match all your requirements covering plastic manufacturing.

60+ Years of Experience in Plastic Fabrication

Display Developments produce items from many different types of industrial plastics including Polycarbonate (Lexan®), Polypropylenes (PP), Polyethylene (PE), ABS, PVC and more. A varied range of plastic fabrications are produced for clients across various industry types through a comprehensive and fast service including plastic rapid prototyping moving quickly onto full scale production

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Plastic Fabrication Example - Health Lottery Stands

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Call: 01322 444400

Email: sales@displaydevelopments.co.uk

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As one of the UK's leading plastic fabrication specialists, we undertake all our plastic prototyping and related plastic manufacturing services in-house. Providing everything from plastic case prototype and bespoke plastic product development to the thermoforming of plastic sheets and plastic machining services, we offer retail, industrial and commercial clients from across the whole of the UK a comprehensive range of services including:

  • Plastic parts development
  • Bespoke plastic product development and making plastic prototypes
  • Thermoforming plastic sheet and custom plastic forming
  • Machining acrylic plastic
  • Bespoke plastic fabrication
  • Plastic fab and forming

If you are searching for ‘plastic fabricators UK’ you’ll find our plastic manufacturing and design service is truly bespoke and tailored to suit each individual project

As plastic engineers and fabricators we can provide a full range of services to you by helping conceive and develop prototype plastic components through plastic prototyping design and manufacture of items including clear plastic prototypes, large plastic prototypes, small plastic prototypes, bespoke plastic trays - indeed a whole host of wholesale plastic fabrications.

We’re skilled in various techniques to cover a wide range of manufacture including plastic bend fab and plastic heat moulding.

Our Plastic
Fabrication Services
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Bespoke Plastic
Fabrication Products
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We often find ourselves working alongside product designers in a more consultative role on the specifics of manufacture to include prototyping of plastic to create bespoke plastic mouldings and other products unique to the client’s requirements.

Bespoke Plastic Fabrication Services

Below are examples of the plastic fabrication services that we provide:

Plastic Prototyping & Develeopment - Eve Lom

Development And Plastic Prototyping

We offer a flexible and highly supportive approach to our plastic prototyping service and bespoke plastic product design and development with the expertise and facilities to handle the complete process or provide tailored support for your own engineering design team.

Typically our UK and European clients come to us armed with a concept for their plastic fabrication needs including aspects of form and branding knowing we’re recognised prototyping with plastic experts.

Where our expertise can add the most value is in advising on a design based on our experience as a respected plastic manufacturer.

For those searching for ‘plastic fabrication UK’ we really are the one stop answer.

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CNC Machining And Trimming

Along with CNC prototype creation we provide CNC machining and trimming of plastics including acrylics, PVC and polyethylene through a fully automated CAD-linked plastics fabrication system ideal for custom manufacture of plastic products.

Key capabilities of our CNC machining and trimming service for custom and bespoke plastic fabrications include:

  • CNC routing, drilling and tapping
  • CNC turning and milling
  • Two multi-tool changing CNC routers
  • Fully CAD automated
  • Two and three dimensional forming
  • Expertise in jigging and trimming

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CNC Machining & Trimming - Geiss 5 Axis Router

CNC Plastic machining

 

Vacuum formed plastic parts

 

Vacuum formed plastic acrylic CCTV cover

Vacuum Forming

Plastic vacuum forming is the essential plastic manufacture process, turning a simple sheet of acrylic or Perspex into just about any shape. The possibilities are endless with thermoplastics as they can transform a basic, flat panel into a multi-dimensional item.

The range of Vacuum Forming services we offer includes:

  • Plastic vacuum forming
  • Local line bending
  • Pressure asssisted forming (high-definition)
  • Blow moulding
  • Drape moulding
  • Press forming·        

With four different sized machines to choose from, we are suitably equipped to satisfy all general-purpose plastic vacuum forming products and requirements. Large format plastic moulding parts and vacuum forming has become our speciality.

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Retail Display Specialists

We are very much a design led manufacturer of retail displays offering a comprehensive design service including plastic material development so providing display professionals and commercial clients a complete solution to suit their individual display requirements.

We have many years’ experience working alongside agencies, designers, marketing teams and project managers to ensure their campaign launches are effective and successful - to many we’re their ‘go to’ plastic prototyping manufacturer able to design and manufacture bespoke retail displays.

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Bespoke Plastic Fabrication For Retail Display - Orbit Baby

Example Plastic Decorating and Finishing Product

Decorating And Finishing

Our comprehensive range of finishes and options for decoration, branding and colouring of plastics including acrylics, polycarbonates, PVC, PETG and polyethylene includes:

  • Digital printing
  • Silk screen printing
  • Vinyl graphics
  • Engraving and laser etching
  • Vacuum metallising
  • Spray painting
  • Power buffing and buff polishing
  • Flame polishing
  • Semi automatic machine and diamond edge polishing

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Packaging and Dispatch

We ensure that we can deliver internationally and on-time, so for you it’s like having a ‘plastic fabricators near me’ in terms of delivery convenience and care: there’s no damage to even the most fragile items and options include multi-drop store delivery.

Features incorporated in our packaging and dispatch service include:

  • Final inspection to ensure full standards compliance
  • Packaging options include polybags, boxes, wraps and pallets
  • Same day courier service for urgent consignments
  • In-house delivery using our own transport for high value or fragile products
  • Multi drop recorded store delivery for national retailers
  • Site includes distribution facility to accommodate articulated vehicles

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Hot Wire Forming (Line Bending)

 

Hot Wire Forming
(Line Bending)

Necessary when the material to be formed does not allow for cold bending - i.e. acrylics - or when a complicated form requires heat for the required shape to be achieved.

The process involves passing an electric current through a conductive wire creating a low heat. The plastic to be formed is then placed over the wire at the precise place where the bend is required. Finally, the parts are folded and allowed to settle in cooling jigs until rigid enough to be removed.

Materials which require Heat Forming processes are Perspex, acrylic, PETG, Polycarbonates, PVC, Polypropylene, ABS, Styrene, HIPS, Polyester, Mylar.

Parts Include Acrylic Display Shelves, Leaflet holders, Guards, Shields, Barriers, Show Cases and Point of sale units.

Plastic Machine Guards And Enclosures

Manufactured, supplied and fitted for clients across the whole of the UK, our plastic machine guard designs include the following options:

  • Bespoke Machine Guards
  • Food Industry Machine Guards
  • Industrial Machine Guards
  • CNC Enclosures
  • Lift Guards

We also manufacture bespoke plastic machine guarding solutions including special purpose and adjustable machine guards, and all of our high quality plastic machine guards are manufactured from materials supplied by the industry’s leading brands such as Perspex and Palsun. As one of the UK’s leading plastic prototyping companies, we can design and make guards and enclosures precisely suiting your requirements - and quickly too with a ‘rapid prototyping plastic enclosure’ service.

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Plastic Machine Guard

Acrylic Machine Guard

Engineered Plastic Components

We provide the highest quality plastic engineering parts for industrial and commercial applications. With over 50 years of expertise in plastic fabrication, we are committed to quality, service and value.

Our unrivalled product knowledge means we can advise you on the correct and most appropriate plastic material for your engineered part or component and create your product through advanced plastic FAB & forming techniques.

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CONTACT US

Call: 01322 444400

Email: sales@displaydevelopments.co.uk

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Comprehensive Assembly

Even the most impeccable CNC machining or vacuum forming can be ruined by poor plastic fabrication, gluing and assembly. Our team work extremely hard on developing ever improved ways of cementing and bonding plastics to each other, and to other materials such as wood and aluminium. This ongoing research ensures we consistently lead the market in intelligent application of cements, adhesives and hot air welding.

Bringing together components and aspects of our product development, CNC machining and cutting, and vacuum and pressure forming stages, our plastic fabrication and assembly services and expertise includes;

  • Overspill and bubble-free UV bonding and curing
  • Application of Tappex adhesive-free mechanical fixings
  • Hot air welding
  • Unique applications of glues, cements and adhesives
  • Assembly of plastic, wood and metal components
  • Incorporation of plinths, bases, wheels, castors, locks and hinges

Some of our standout options and services include the near-invisible UV curing process which delivers the ultimate in clean, bubble and overspill-free joints between plastic products and components. Another popular application of technology is utilising Tappex mechanical fixings on a product so that it can be flat packed for more cost efficient and secure transportation, then assembled at the point of delivery without any need for adhesives or glues.

Whilst our core focus is always on plastic fabrications, many plastic moulding products require the use of other materials such as wooden bases and plinths or metal components whether for a particular aesthetic or features such as wheels, castors, locks, hinges and runners. Our assembly process is one-stop in nature with the complete fabrications and machining of plastic parts taking place at our facilities on the edge of S.E. London in Kent.

Expert Plastic Engineering Advice and Guidance

We can also offer you advice on aspects of design using the latest software and provide our customers with 3D visuals before production. Whatever your application, we can offer the perfect solution to all your engineering bespoke plastic fabricated requirements.

Whether you have a one off application including polishing, bending or drilling of plastic panels or even if you are looking for a large number of plastic engineering components, we have the perfect facility to operate a full scale batch production run.

Plastic Fabrication Equipment

As a forward-thinking machining of plastic parts and fabrication company we constantly invest in our plastic prototyping equipment and other tech, and our people in terms of the skills and expertise of our vacuum formers and plastic fabricators. We continually invest in and research the best ways to utilise and apply equipment for different processes.

Some of our plastic manufacturing equipment:

  • Geiss CNC 5 axis trimming machine
  • Various CNC machining including routing, drilling, trimming, turning and milling
  • Saw cutting of plastic sheets up to 6 metres
  • Two 3000mm x 1550mm multi-tool changing CNC routers
  • Fully automated system guaranteeing precision work directly from CAD
  • Two and three dimensional forming
  • Extensive expertise in jig design, jigging and trimming
     

Plastic Materials

The modern plastics market offers a range of choices in materials for bespoke fabrication and moulded plastic prototypes, and our expertise as plastic manufacturers even extends into wood, metal and glass.

Choosing the right material for your custom plastic fabrications is a critical part of the product design and development process whether it’s prototyping large plastic parts or thermoforming plastic materials; some plastics are more robust, others more adaptable, some are easy to work with and others less so. Each offers pros and cons, and making the right selection from the widest possible range of options is the only way to guarantee an end result that you’re truly happy with.

We have an extensive range of plastics to choose from, each with their own benefits and forming possibilities. This ensures there is something to best suit your every requirement.

Our product design including advanced plastic prototyping of large plastic parts and smaller items including bespoke plastic trays, prototyping plastic sheets and plastic moulding development is based on years of expertise to help you make the right choice. Our investment in equipment and skilled plastic fabricators ensures that you can choose from the most diverse range of fabrication materials available with a huge range of finishes for even more options.

The types of plastic commonly used in our bespoke plastic fabrication services include:

  • Acrylics
  • Polycarbonates
  • PVC
  • PETG
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene
  • ABS and acrylic capped ABS
  • Aluminium/plastic composites
  • Nylon
     

Colours and surface finishes

In addition to the various plastics listed above, there are a range of finishes available across all materials including colour matching to pantone/RAL/BS references, single and double sided options, and more creative specialist finishes including gloss, matt, silk, satin, frost, setasand, anti-reflective, prismatic, patterned, reeded, smooth, pinseal, leathergrain, sandstone, flame, buff, machine and diamond edge polishing, laser etching, screen and digital printing and vinyl graphics.

Plastic Fabrications Specialists In Kent

Display Developments is located on the Fordgate Business Park in Belvedere, SE London from where we serve clients across the UK, Europe and worldwide quickly and efficiently - so wherever you are it’s like having ‘plastic fabrication near me’.

Fordgate Business Park is located on the east side of the Belvedere Industrial Area in SE London only 6 miles from the M25 Junction 1B and the Dartford Crossing giving Display Developments easy access to all major motorways and the Channel Tunnel. To the west of Fordgate Business Park is the Woolwich Ferry and the Blackwall Tunnel so we are only 13 miles from Central London.

Specialists In Plastic Fabrication

As experienced plastic distributors and fabricators, and one of the UK’s leading thermoforming plastic companies, we can help your business in all manner of plastic development and fabrication: for your prototyping of plastic parts requirements ask us for a plastic prototype cost estimate for your next project.

Speak with our specialists who will be able to go through your requirements and provide professional advice on the best solution to suit your needs.

CONTACT US

Call: 01322 444400

Email: sales@displaydevelopments.co.uk

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