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Plastics Engineering that Adds Value from Start to Finish

Successful manufacturing isn’t just about machines making parts. It’s about people knowing how to execute flawlessly, making end products that are stronger, more durable and more cost effective in meeting your applications.

The Dickten Masch Plastics engineering team, working on your product from concept through production, can help you achieve all these goals. Whether your project calls for a rapid prototype, metal-to-thermoplastic and metal-to-thermoset conversion, insight from our world-class materials analysis lab or a complicated reverse engineering procedure, our team is ready to deliver.

As an extension of your engineering team, we’ll closely examine your application. Consider all the right questions. And apply our diverse experience, creativity and project management skills to develop and implement a smarter design, material choice and process for your product.

By smarter, we mean:

  • Faster speed to market
  • Controlled costs
  • Repeatability through scientific molding methods
  • Consistent quality and durability
  • Fewer steps in the value stream
  • Shorter lead times
  • Improved performance

The Many Advantages of Materials Analysis Expertise


One of the biggest and most unique advantages you get with Dickten Masch Plastics is world-class materials analysis services.

You might turn to our team for failure analysis—what went wrong and how to solve the problem. Customers in a variety of industries also count on us for complicated reverse engineering challenges.

Most often, we get involved early in the design process, while the part is still in the concept stage. That’s when our broad, practical knowledge of polymer behavior, part design and both thermoplastic and thermoset molding becomes most valuable.

No other molder can match the expertise and proven track record of our lab in pinpointing just the right material and process for any given product—saving lots of time and money and optimizing quality.

Dickten Masch Plastics’ Materials Analysis Capabilities

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)

  • Provides performance at temperature
  • Predicts long-term mechanical performance at application conditions

Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA)

  • Measures coefficient of thermal expansion
  • Measures dimensional stability in different environments

Modulated and Standard Differential Scanning Calorimetry (MDSC & DSC)

  • Identifies material composition and structure
  • Checks for contamination
  • Measures softening temperatures, crystallinity


Tensile, Flexural, and Compression Testing from -200ºF to +600ºF

Impact Testing from -200ºF to +400ºF

Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

  • Identifies material composition
  • Confirms filler content
  • Measures thermal stability of materials

Infrared Spectroscopy

  • Identifies material composition and structure
  • Detects contamination
  • Detects degradation and other chemical changes

Melt Flow Rate Testing

  • Confirms incoming material specifications
  • Checks for polymer degradation

Environmental Testing

  • Stress crack testing assessments
  • Chemical resistance testing
  • Accelerated weathering testing
  • Heat aging and cold temperature exposure
  • Thermal cycling

Rapid, Accurate Prototyping by Our Experts

Given today’s accelerated product development timetables, customers in a variety of markets value Dickten Masch Plastics’ ability to deliver fast, accurate prototypes.

Leveraging decades of diverse engineering experience and comprehensive in-house tooling capabilities, we follow a proven process that translates a design concept into a solid model and then into a physical part.

Use rapid prototypes designed and built by Dickten Masch Plastics for fit and functional testing, marketing presentations and a host of other purposes.

Services include:

  • Stereolithography (SLA), leveraging 3D Systems 5000 technology
  • Selective laser sintering
  • Fused deposition modeling
  • Layered object modeling
  • Silicone molds
  • Urethane castings

Setting the Standard in High-Quality Tooling


Dickten Masch Plastics was founded in 1941 as a tool and die shop. We know that quality products begin with quality thermoplastic and thermoset tooling. Our heritage is honored by a staff of journeymen toolmakers on site to build, maintain, rebuild and alter both thermoplastic and thermoset molds.

You get significant total-cost advantages when you turn to our Moldflow® certified engineers, who use software simulations to evaluate and fix potential problems in mold design. Details such as part geometry, material selection, gating method, gating location, cooling line locations and steel types are analyzed to eliminate manufacturing issues before they arise.

For maximum life expectancy, your molds are built to SPI Class 101 specifications. Some of our in-house equipment includes:

  • High speed milling
  • Wire EDM
  • CNC vertical milling
  • Grinders
  • Lathes
  • Automated steel and graphite machining centers

Customers come to us with even the most complex tool or tightest timeline. And through our in-house capabilities as well as strategic domestic and international relationships, we deliver.

When you need to transfer tools, you can benefit from the broad expertise we bring to our Total Transformation tool transfer program.

Designing Stronger, More Cost-Effective Products


You gain the greatest advantages when you work closely with Dickten Masch Plastics beginning in the earliest stages of design.

That’s because our big-picture approach, engineering knowhow and diverse manufacturing experience ensure optimal designs – which we then execute flawlessly and cost effectively.

Leveraging design for manufacturability (DFM) and design for assembly (DFA) methodologies, we examine not just the part, but the end-use application—uncovering ways to reduce cycle times, consolidate the supply chain, eliminate steps and achieve other goals.

The technical team at Dickten Masch Plastics also deploys an array of computer-based technologies for greater productivity and precision in product design, including:

  • Fully equipped CAD workstations
  • Design software such as Solid Works®, Pro Engineer®, AutoCAD and Solid Edge
  • FARO Portable CMM with Control Station for reverse engineering and dimensional data verification
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA), supported by modeling tools including Pro/Mechanica®
  • Moldflow® Warp Analysis (Plastics Insight 6.1), performed by Silver- and Bronze-certified specialists

Whatever your application, thermoplastics, thermoset or assemblies, our team’s diverse experience, wide-ranging capabilities, business acumen and fierce commitment help you capture every opportunity to make your product as robust, high quality and cost effective as possible.

Putting Products through the Tough Tests of a Lifetime

Ultimately, the success of any thermoplastic or thermoset part is about its application.

That’s why product life cycle testing—subjecting a product to the types and severity of strains it’s likely to face in its lifetime—is so important. Dickten Masch Plastics puts a wide range of products through the ringer, from dipsticks and other automotive components, to electrical housings and assemblies, to water filtration valves, faucets and much more.

Applying our materials analysis expertise and experience, the physical tests we implement provide a clear picture of material performance in specific application conditions. What we learn, in turn, helps determine the right material and process—and makes a longer-lasting, more reliable end product.

Life cycle tests at Dickten Masch Plastics include:

  • Tensile
  • Flexural
  • Compressive
  • Impact
  • Temperature
  • Any other conditions your product must bear

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