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    Default Assistance sourcing Material for Injection molding

    Maker working out of Techshop.ws on a Morgan Industries G-100T Machine.

    My Google-FU has come up empty despite trying numerous times.

    I'm trying to find a usa supplier of hobby grade injection molding pellets.
    Specifically Silver Metallic or Chrome.

    I'm thinking I want to do something similar to the chrome plastics seen in plastic model kits if it's possible as a pellet.

    If not; I saw a japan supplier claiming a silver metallic material; but couldn't find an obvious choice for it here in the States.

    Anyone got any leads?

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    Those parts are plated. Take one and cut it, you will see. Google 'plating plastic' or 'chrome plating plastic diy' and you will find plenty of information.This page has a good summary of techniques: 6 Ways to Transform Plastic into Chrome - The Hog Ring | Auto Upholstery Community

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    Default Re: Assistance sourcing Material for Injection molding

    Generally speaking, the 'chrome' is a plating put on the plastic after it is molded. The most popular material is ABS, and it needs to be semi-conductive - and they generally use a high carbon additive to make this work. There is no 'chrome' looking plastic that I have ever seen.
    Look to a molder that likes to work with ABS, and see if they can provide a 'plateable grade of ABS'.



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    Default Re: Assistance sourcing Material for Injection molding

    Humm... ok. Thanks for the feedback.
    Since Techshop is a DIY workshop; I'd be doing my own injection molding; so would need to source the ABS or plastic pellets used in the process.

    Is there any online shops anyone knows of that specializes in multiple colors/materials in pellet form?



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