Plastic is a durable, safe, and adaptable material that can radically reduce the cost of playground equipment. It comes in an assortment of colors, sizes, and shapes, and production methods lend themselves to creativity. Manufacturers can design a plastic jungle gym, a plastic playground slide, plastic tube-tunnels, ladders, monkey bars, and even work-out equipment. Whether you`re looking to furnish your residential area, or reinvigorate your commercial property, this guide will help you manage and understand the prices of playground equipment. 2 Types of Plastic Production The components for plastic playground sets are made by one of two possible manufacturing methods: Rotational Molding In this process, the mold is filled with a polymer material then rotated and heated in tandem to melt into the cavity. Once the material takes shape, it is cooled to harden and the tool is removed, resulting in a hollow plastic structure. This is a cost-effective method of making plastic playground equipment, with high-flexibility and low labor demand, but it can be very time-consuming. Blow Molding In this process, plastic is melted into a rounded mass with an opening on one side called a parison. Air is then blown into the opening to shape the soft plastic to fit a mold. This method is typically more expensive, but much quicker. For large budget mass production, blow molding is the way to go, but it falls behind when it comes to variation and reducing your playground cost.