PI / Polyimide Machining
A Guide to PI CNC Machined Parts: Properties, Applications and Design Considerations
What is PI?
Polyimides (PI or often referred to as the brand name Vespel®) are a family of some of the most heat and fire resistant polymers in existence. Low wear rates combined with the ability to work under unlubricated conditions and high pV-rates makes it the ideal material for challenging friction and wear applications, extending lifetime and reducing maintenance costs.
There are many different grades of PI/Polyimide, all with varying characteristics. A comparison of the technical properties can be found in the tab below.
Main Attributes of PI:
- High strength
- Outstanding wear resistance
- High dimensional stability, even up to 260°C
- Long term thermal stability 300°C
- Excellent thermal and electrical insulation
- Good machinability
- Flame retardant
- Creep resistant
- Good chemical resistance
- Resistance to high energy radiation
- Excellent machinability
POLYIMIDE MACHINING QUOTE
Detailed information about PI for designers including UK stock sizes and technical properties can be found in the tabs below. Please note: this information is provided as a guide only. All information is based on our present knowledge and is given in good faith. No liability will be accepted by Penta Precision in respect of any action taken by any third party in reliance thereon.
Similar or obsolete designation and trade names
You may also see PI referred to as:
- TECASINT® (1000, 2000, 4000, 5000 and 8000 series)
PI Components, Applications & Industries
Here are some examples of the industries and components for which PI is appropriate. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Please do get in touch if you are considering using PI and we can talk through your project with you.
Typical Components & Applications:
- Valve and pump seats
- Wear parts
- Washers, bushings, bearings
- Military / Defence
- Mechanical engineering
- Electrical / Electronics
- Food technology
- Vacuum technology
PI Machining Service - Polyimide Milling & Turning
Penta Precision provides highly accurate PI machined parts. Customers turn to us when they have had quality and delivery issues with their existing suppliers and need a reliable precision machining partner.
Penta Precision provides the following PI machining services:
- CNC milling – prototypes & large batch runs
- CNC turning – prototypes & large batch runs
- Insert installation
- Part marking
- Manual milling
- Manual turning
- Machining design advice
- Machining drawing service
Reasons to Choose Penta:
- ISO 9001:2015 quality assurance
- Consistent high quality machined parts
- Reliable delivery dates - our track record speaks volumes
- Exceptional customer service and communication
- Machining design advice
- Extensive experience in our field
What Makes Penta Different?
There are 3 key elements that run through the core of our company and staff at every level to ensure we deliver an exemplary service that goes above and beyond. We like to call these our 3 C's:
We are regularly machining PI for customers all over the UK. Our customers depend on our machining expertise as well as our outstanding delivery performance, to machine the highest quality parts. If you'd like to discuss how we can help you with your PI machining requirements, here's a list of ways to get in touch with us.