Machine Shops

Large plastics inventory, quick response to RFQs, high quality materials, paperwork to meet certifications

Plastic Materials for Machine Shops

Machine shops depend on fast response times, large inventories, and high quality materials for fast and accurate machinability, and our plastic material experts work diligently to ensure those needs are met.

We Assist With:

  • Quick turnaround on RFQs
  • Large inventory for quick delivery
  • Availability of hard-to-find materials
  • Quality materials for better machinability (straight, flat, low residual stress)
  • Material certifications with lot and batch traceability
  • Cut-to-size services to save you time
  • Inventory solutions to keep your operations running smoothly
  • Online catalog for self-service outside of regular business hours

Plastic Materials for Machine and Fabrication Shops



Outstanding impact resistant low cost plastic, easy to machine, and thermoform.



High strength, stiff, low friction engineering plastic with good wear properties.



Outstanding strong, stiff, clear plastic available in a variety of brilliant colors and finishes.


CE Canvas Phenolic

Electrical grade phenolic sheet material with cotton canvas reinforcement.


DuPont™ Vespel® Polyimide

Extremely high temperature creep resistant plastic with excellent friction and wear characteristics.


G10/FR-4 Glass Epoxy

Glass/epoxy composite material with outstanding electrical properties.



Durable, versatile, low cost, abrasion and chemically resistant plastic material.



Strong, stiff engineering plastic often used to replace metal bearings and bushings.



Strong, stiff plastic with outstanding chemical resistance; performs over a wide range of temperatures.



A strong, dimensionally stable plastic with outstanding chemical resistance and wear properties.



Transparent plastic sheet with good impact resistance and outstanding thermoforming characteristics.



Transparent, strong and stiff thermoplastic with outstanding impact resistance.

two stacked sheets of white polypropylene


Low cost, chemical resistant plastic with excellent aesthetic qualities.



Plastic material with excellent chemical and corrosion resistance at elevated temperatures.



High temperature, semi-transparent plastic material with good mechanical properties.



Low friction engineering plastic with outstanding chemical, high temperature, and weathering resistance.



Strong, stiff, versatile low cost plastic material that is easy to fabricate, bond, and weld.



High purity engineering plastic with excellent chemical, abrasion, and flame resistance.



Extremely tough abrasion resistant, low cost plastic, used for a wide range of wear applications.



High strength plastic with outstanding electrical and high service temperature properties.

For Decades We’ve Supplied Quality Plastics to Machine Shops For:

  • Bearings and bushings
  • Electrical insulators
  • Gears
  • Manifolds
  • Pulleys
  • Rollers
  • Sheaves
  • Slide pads
  • Sprockets
  • Star wheels
  • Valve components
  • Wheels

Save Time and Keep Costs Down

We work with all sizes and types of machine shops to provide the materials, documentation, and services needed to meet requirements and keep jobs on schedule.

Quick Turn Around on RFQs

Our sales reps know you need to quote quickly and we work fast to help you get the job. If you need a quote outside normal business hours our online catalog may be the answer. You can select materials and calculate cut-to-size to meet your job requirements. 

Large Inventory of Straight and Flat Sheet, Rod, and Tube

Curbell Plastics has a broad inventory of sheet, rod, and tube to meet the needs of machine shops and fabricators. Our quick delivery options help shops with tight timetables keep on top of orders.

We stock quality materials that demonstrate low levels of residual stress to avoid warping during machining. CNC machines need straight and flat sheet, rod, and tube to feed correctly to keep scrap and labor rates low.

Reduce labor and time costs by having us cut your materials to size. With our in-house CNC panel saws and manual cutting equipment we are capable of quickly cutting materials to meet your requirements so you can begin work as soon as your order arrives. We work with you to maximize material yields to optimize costs and reduce waste.

Certifications and Traceability

For machine shops that make parts for critical service devices, Curbell can provide a certificate of conformance with each shipment certifying the materials meet the required engineering specifications. We also work with machine shops to provide additional documentation if required showing material manufacturer, date of manufacture, manufacturing lot, and properties test results.

Inventory Programs

For machine shops that need specific materials on a regular basis or that have repeat orders Curbell may be able to help with a custom inventory program such as blanket orders, JIT, or consignment. Contact a plastics expert today to learn more about these program options.

Continue Your Research

Not sure which materials best fit your needs?

Our experienced sales and technical teams are available to assist you with material selection challenges.


Can plastics be machined to tight dimensional tolerances similar to those that can be achieved with metals?

Can Curbell provide lot and batch traceability for your materials?

Can Curbell supply plastic materials that are certified to ASTM specifications, SAE AMS specifications, or MIL specs?

Is it safe to use standard coolants and cutting fluids when machining plastics?

Do I need special tooling to machine plastic materials?

Working With Plastics


Plastic Applications

Discover plastic materials with characteristics important to your application.

A plating line in an industrial ceramics factory.

Operating Environments

Plastic materials are engineered to perform in the most challenging conditions including temperature, chemicals, and more.

mix of sheets, rods, and tubes of plastics in various colors

Material Selection Tools

Tools to help you select materials by plastic properties, chemical resistance, FDA compliance, or brand.

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