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How to select Plastics? To assist you further in your selection according to your applications, we provide you with Technology Profiles on most used plastics, detailing their benefits, limitations, applications ...

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High Temperature Thermoplastics - Comprehensive Guide

By SpecialChem

High temperature thermoplastics materials are a specialized and rapidly growing segment of the plastics market. These are used in specialized applications that require a combination of extraordinary properties. Willing to know more about High Heat Thermoplastics? Learn here! Get comprehensive information about high heat thermoplastic resins including their key features, comparison with metals & thermosets and major applications.

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Styrene-Butadiene Rubber: Complete Technical Guide on SBR & its Features

By SpecialChem

From tires, conveyor belts to seals or gaskets… Styrene-Butadiene rubber is a widely used general purpose rubber with an extensive range of applications. The reason for the success of this synthetic rubber is, of course, its unique properties and diverse applications. Also, it is the only material which exhibits long-range elasticity, and which therefore fills a special need in modern technology. Become an expert by learning some basic information about Styrene-Butadiene rubber along with the main properties, major benefits and popular applications in detail!

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A Complete Guide on Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE)

By SpecialChem

Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) is a fluorine-based plastic designed to have high corrosion resistance and strength over a wide temperature range. Thanks to its special chemical and physical properties, ETFE is widely applied in the chemical, electrical/electronic, construction, architectural, and automotive industries. Become an expert by learning some basic information about ETFE, what are the key features & properties, its popular applications and conditions to process this polymer material! Let’s first start by understanding fluoropolymers...

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Polyetheretherketone (PEEK): A Complete Guide on High-Heat Engineering Plastic

By SpecialChem

Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is a high-performance, engineering thermoplastic characterized by an unusual combination of properties. These properties range from high temperature performance to mechanical strength and excellent chemical resistance. But, what are the key characteristics which make PEEK a high-performance plastic? What it is made up of? Get all the technical information on Polyetheretherketone, explore what are its key properties and benefits in detail! Also, learn about popular application (aerospace, automotive, medical...) and processing conditions for this polymer. Let’s begin by defining the polymer...

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Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene: Detailed Information About ABS and its Features

By SpecialChem

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, often abbreviated as ABS, is an opaque engineering thermoplastic widely used in electronic housings, auto parts, consumer products, pipe fittings, lego toys and many more. Get detailed technical information about ABS polymer and know more about:Key Properties of ABS PlasticChemical PropertiesMechanical PropertiesElectrical PropertiesLimitations of ABSABS Blends – Thermoplastic AlloyApplications of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)ABS Processing ConditionsABS for 3D PrintingRecycling and Toxicity

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Comprehensive Guide on Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

By SpecialChem

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC or Vinyl) is a high strength thermoplastic material widely used in pipes and medical devices but list is endless. It is the world's third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer... But, what is PVC? What it is made up of? How to process it? Get technical information on Polyvinyl Chloride, explore methods used to produce it and main types of additives used! Also, learn about key features, conditions to process this polymer material and how to recycle it.

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A Complete Guide to Polycarbonate (PC)

By SpecialChem

Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic material which offers manufacturer and designers many possibilities while providing greater design freedom, enhanced aesthetics and cost reductions! The material is known for maintaining coloring and strength over time, even in stressful conditions. Become an expert by learning some basic information about polycarbonates, what are its key features and properties, how to optimize its properties and popular applications. Also find out processing conditions for injection molding, extrusion, 3D Printing and safety of this versatile polymer.

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Expanded Polystyrene (EPS): Ultimate Guide on Foam Insulation Material

By SpecialChem

For several years, expanded polystyrene (EPS) has been utilized as a material of choice in several food packaging applications, cost-effective and energy-efficient insulation in construction applications as well as cushion transport packaging material for shock sensitive goods and many more. But, what is EPS? How is it manufactured? And, what are its key characteristics making it suitable in these applications? Explore more about this polymer and find out its benefits, properties, recyclability etc. in detail.

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3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing Using Polymers - Complete Guide

By Edward M. Petrie

The global additive manufacturing industry has progressed very quickly offering broader and high value applications. This accelerating shift has been due to its advantages over conventional manufacturing. Today, applications of additive manufacturing appear to almost be limitless. It is used to fabricate:   » High-tech industrial (aerospace, medical/dental, automotive, electronic), and   » Consumer (home, fashion, and entertainment) products ...and advancements in polymeric materials continue to offer new possibility for the manufacturing industry. Explore what is additive manufacturing, what are the various additive manufacturing processes in detail along with the types of polymers that are generally used in each process.

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Polyamide (PA) or Nylon: Complete Guide (PA6, PA66, PA11, PA12…)

By SpecialChem

Exhibiting high temperature and electrical resistances, polyamides (nylon) are considered as high performance plastics and are widely used in automotive & transportation markets, consumer goods and electrical and electronics applications among others. Learn more about this interesting class of plastics along with the main applications and benefits of some common polyamides: PA11, PA12, PA46, PA6, PA66 and PPA (polyphthalamides). Explore more about their key properties like mechanical, thermal, electrical, etc., conditions to process this polymer and understand what makes Polyamides an ideal choice in high-end engineering applications.

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