Design and Fabrication of a Stainless Steel Deformation Tester for the Plastics Industry

Metal Deformation TesterClick to enlarge Metal Deformation Tester

For almost 60 years, at Avon Lake Sheet Metal, we have been fabricating quality precision products for a wide range of applications. In the project highlighted here, we worked with a customer in the plastics industry to design and fabricate a custom laboratory testing tool. Known as a “deformation tester,” it is intended to act as a fixture to test various plastics for their deformation characteristics.

To simplify cleaning and allow for a long service life, the unit is composed of 304 stainless steel. The fabrication process utilized a number of our core competencies. Once the design was approved, raw material was precision laser cut, other parts were formed through turning, and then TIG welded. Once assembled, it was subject to dimensional inspection to validate the design criteria; once passed, the entire unit was polished to a mirror finish.

In the end, the tester met tolerances of ±0.015” and measured 16” in length, 5” in width, and 12” in height, with material thicknesses varying between 0.125” and 0.500”. To verify quality, the unit was again tested for dimensional accuracy as well as full functional testing.

Alternate Steel Deformation Tester.Click to enlargeAlternate Steel Deformation Tester

One of the many benefits of doing business with us is our ability to act as a single source solution for metal fabrication services. In this case, the customer received a new tool quickly, in less than two weeks, which continues to perform and add value to their quality department.

To learn more about this project, or the processes used to manufacture it, see the table below or contact us directly.

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Stainless Steel Deformation Tester Project Highlights

Project Name & Description
Deformation Tester
  • Polished SS Lab Testing Equipment
Project Scope
Design and Build a Fixture for Testing
Deformation of Various Plastics
Capabilities Applied/ Processes
Product Designing
Laser Cutting
TIG Welding

Overall Part Dimensions
Length: 16 in.
Width: 5 in.
Height: 12”
Material Thickness: 0.125 – 0.500 in.
Tightest Tolerances
± 0.015 in.
Material Used
304 Stainless Steel
Material Finish
Mirror Finish on Base
Industry for Use
In Process Testing/ Inspection Performed
Dimensional Inspection, Functionality Testing
Delivery/ Turnaround Time
2 Weeks
Delivery Location
Avon Lake, OH
Standards Met
Customer Specifications

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