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Material Selection Tips

Deciding on the best material for your part can be a challenge. Generally, it is best to first decide on the main factors. For example, if price and hardness are most important, select the material that has the best combination of those two values.

Click on a material button at top of this article for more information about a specific material – the material pages give typical uses of the material, properties, etc.

Here are a few tips:

  • Plastics can warp slightly over time due to moisture absorption.

  • Sheet metal parts can be formed into numerous shapes and can take simple or complex bends.

  • Designing custom parts with sheet metal is generally lower cost than machining plate or rod.

  • Metals allow for parts of higher tolerance than plastics.

  • By volume, plastics are usually much less expensive than metals.

  • Materials that don’t need finishing may be more economical for short runs (e.g. stainless steel, aluminum, plastics, etc.)

VOHN Precision allows you to design custom parts using: Bending, Turret Punching, Counter boring, Counter sinking, Drilling, Reaming, Threading & Tapping, Surface Grinding, Knurling, Laser Cutting, Milling, Turning (lathe), Photochemical Milling, Plasma Cutting, Band sawing, Waterjet Cutting, Wire EDM, Compression Molding, Injection Molding and Rapid Prototyping (FDM).