Here at Sidney Lee Welding, we love to plastic weld! Plastic welding is a really practical skill as so many things today are made with plastic. Instead of throwing away everything plastic that breaks, with some simple welding skills, you will be well on your way to being everyone’s go-to fixer! You might also be surprised to learn that a simple plastic welding set up can be bought for less than $50.
There are endless possibilities in terms of plastic welding. You can fix your own headlights and tons of other car parts, pipes, kayaks, and more. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll be helping the planet by cutting down on plastic waste.
It’s important to know that many different types of plastic can be welded. Some include: polyethylene, ABS, nylon, and polycarbonate blends. There are also several different methods for welding plastic together including: stick welding, injection welding / extrusion welding, fusion welding, spin welding, and ultrasonic welding. Let’s take a quick look at some of these different plastic welding methods below.
Stick welding requires minimal tools to get started and it is, therefore, a common application for plastic welding. Simply use a handheld hot air welder and/or welding stick of the same material to get started.
Injection and Extrusion Welding
Very similar, both these types of welding are often used for heavy materials such as for cars or for watercraft repair. As the names might suggest, a welding rod is typically heated and inserted into the welding site.
Fusion welding involves fusing the edges of two pieces together using a Teflon coated heat bar. A more costly plastic welding option, however, it is a great choice for professional welding services due to durability and efficiency.
In spin welding, two parts are joined together through the process of spinning around one another. As the heat cools down, a permanent bond is formed.
Using high frequency sound waves, ultrasonic welding is the process of vibrating two pieces together until they are joined to one another. A very technologically advanced process, these machines are not cheap.
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