ABS is a tough, stable thermoplastic known for its resistance to impact and heat. The surface of ABS is typically shiny and bright.
A glass alternative, Polymethyl Methacrylate has high tensile and flexural strength, UV resistance, and transparency.
These plastics have a very low surface resistance and easily allow for the flow of electricity. Static dissipative plastics prevent the electrical charge from moving too quickly.
Highly ductile and impact resistant, Polyethylene ranges from transparent to opaque. An excellent electrical insulator and provides superb electrical treeing resistance and low friction.
Compared to HDPE, the molecules of LDPE are more branched out, making the thermoplastic weaker but more flexible. LDPE can be translucent or opaque.
With properties between HDPE and LDPE, MDPE has excellent shock and drop resistance properties. MDPE is less dense than HDPE but stronger than LDPE.
Polyvinyl Chloride is one of the most versatile plastics. It comes in two types—rigid and flexible—and is dense with good tensile strength.
Polycarbonates are a group of polymers that contain carbonate groups within their chemical structures. Polycarbonates are used in a wide variety of applications typically where impact resistance and transparency are required.
Polypropylene is a widely used thermoplastic popular for its high melting point and low level of electrical conductivity. On top of this, Polypropylene does not break down easily but is resistant to cracking and stress.x
A transparent material, PETG is a common substitute for PVC that provides similar properties with the additional glycol modification.
Both transparent or colored, Polystyrene provides good elasticity and flexibility. It can be manufactured as a solid or foam.
Polyurethane boasts excellent elasticity and clarity and also provides protection from grease, oil, or other damage.
TPE is a physical mix of polymers . It can be stretched to twice its original length and still return to its original shape. TPE is similar to TPR, but is more soft and flexible.
A form of block copolymer, TPU is well-regarded for its elasticity and transparency.
TPR maintains the characteristics of both plastic and rubber. Modified from a different base than TPE, TPR is harder and more rigid.