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Ultra High-Performance Polymers

In the widest selection and most cost-effective forms available.

Machinable Shapes | Injection Molding | Precision Parts

Torlon® PAI  •  PEEK  •  Ultem® PEI  •  AvaSpire® PAEK  •  Ryton®PPS

Stock Shapes for Machining

Drake’s unparalleled range of stock shape sizes and configurations extends the application range and maximizes machining efficiency of these ultra-high-performance polymers.

Injection Molded Parts & Shapes

The science behind Drake’s state-of-the-art injection molding operation assures exceptional quality and consistency in molded parts. When critical tolerances and other features are impractical or impossible to achieve with injection molding alone, we can deploy our precision machining capabilities to provide hybrid molded/machined part solutions to meet the specifications required.

Precision-Machined Parts

Drake supports and supplies the best polymer-focused machine shops in the world, but some circumstances dictate a direct connection with Drake as the shapes producer. In those cases, our state-of-the-art precision machining, intimate material knowledge, re-curing and annealing, priming, coating, laser engraving, CT inspection, CMM part inspection, mechanical testing, and material and process certifications stand ready to serve challenging and complex customer requirements.

Process & Product Development

Drake extends the application range of high-end polymers by developing new sizes and unique configurations to serve new applications. Our technology also allows us to develop cost-effective custom sizes and shapes to hold material loss in fabrication to an absolute minimum.

Why Torlon?


Torlon polyamide-imide is recognized as the highest performance thermoplastic that is still melt processible. Torlon can be extruded into shapes and injection molded into custom geometries.

With a 500°F heat distortion temperature (softening temperature) and a 500°F continuous service temperature, Torlon offers unmatched strength at elevated temperatures. It is stronger at 400°F than other engineering resins at room temperature.

Why PEEK?


PEEK is recognized as having the best balance of chemical resistance, wear resistance and heat resistance among all thermoplastics. It is melt processible allowing for processing into shapes by extrusion and parts by injection molding.

Technically PEEK is part of a family of polyarylether ketones (PAEK) but the PEEK acronym is most recognized. Related chemistries based on PEK and PEKK offer unique thermal benefits to the traditional PAEK’s.

Latest News

Thinking Lean! Reducing The Cost Of Manufacturing High Performance Polymer Parts Using Drake’s Seamless Tube®.

Starting with the right size and shape based on final part geometry is critical when working with materials like Torlon®, PEEK and polyimides that are inherently expensive. Did you know that an extra .25” on a diameter can add 25% or more to the cost of your

Making The Best Even Better. Post Curing Torlon Wear Parts Reduces Wear

High PV bearing applications are tough for even high-performance polymers like Torlon, PEEK and PPS. The reason is simple; frictional heat generated especially by the velocity component of “P x V” does not dissipate as easily as does in inherently more conductive bearing materials (i.e. metals). The

Large Diameter PEEK Challenges? Drake’s Large Diameter Reinforced PEEK Rod Is “The Solution”

Ever hear from a customer… “I just started drilling and I heard a crack” or “I was sawing and melted plastic (swarf) stopped the blade” or “my inspection department found cracks in all my parts”. I can even tell you what the “mill” likely said… “They were

Understanding Datasheet Properties to Maximize Part Performance

Producing parts from extruded stock shapes is preferred when injection molding is not practical, and many times for part performance reasons. Experienced plastics engineers have learned that the performance of a machined part can far exceeds that of an injection molded part, yet a comparison of resin

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