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ClickFold: Custom Plastic Housings

The CAD-driven process allows for changes on the fly and even small batches can be produced cost effectively.

In 2001, ClickFold Plastics was founded to fill a void in the market place. Traditionally, industrial buyers had very few choices when it came to enclosures: buy off-the-shelf, invest in plastic molds or settle for sheet-metal.

​None of these choices really met the needs of small volume manufacturers. ClickFold 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.  

The process offers a more cost-effective solution for low-volume products than injection molding and delivers a more appealing product than sheet metal forming.

Design Process 

ClickFold's product designers start the process with a client discussion. Based on the specifications, the designers create a CAD model and 3D animation of your product.  

Once the design is approved, the company processes 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, and the prototype is made using the same steps as the production parts, so ramping up production is simple.  

Materials 

ClickFold uses thermoplastic materials, predominantly multi-purpose ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), PC (Polycarbonate), PETG, and Acrylic.  

Solid colors come with a lightly textured finish that hides scratches and minimizes reflection, yet is smooth enough for clean printing results.  

Clear and translucent materials are also available in smooth polished, non-glare, or frosted finishes. 

ClickFold offers:  

  • A solution for short runs of 1 to 10,000 pieces.
  • Quick design changes.
  • Appealing appearance, material and printing options.
  • No mold-related restrictions (drafts, undercuts etc.).
  • Less weight than sheet metal parts.
  • No paint or corrosion issues​.

For more information, visit http://www.clickfold-plastics.com/.

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