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Can You Modify a Polymer Grade Safely?

One of the exciting attributes of polymers is that the properties of any polymer can be modified by tinkering with the basic molecular structure or incorporating a range of additives.  However, you have to be aware that altering one property may have a knock-on effect on other properties.

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What do we mean by the Heat Resistance of Thermoplastics?

In some applications heat resistance can mean the material’s ability to carry out its intended function at elevated temperatures for short periods.

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Is PTFE a Thermoset or a Thermoplastic?

Many assume that polytetrafluoroethylene is a thermoset because it seems unaffected by heat. Continue reading

Does the Coding for Polyamides Mean Anything to Designers and Processors?

Polyamides are macromolecules with repeating units linked by amide bonds.

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Can Environmental Stress Cracking Be Avoided?

Environmental stress cracking (ESC) is the development of cracks and eventual catastrophic failure due to a combination of mechanical stress (from external loading or from moulding strain) and exposure to an ‘aggressive’ chemical (a ‘near solvent’ for the thermoplastic material).

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What is Environmental Stress Cracking?

Environmental stress cracking (ESC) is not the result of the continual battle that the plastics industry has in convincing environmentalists and politicians that plastics can be the solution to environmental problems and not the cause.

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Just Why Would You Choose ABS?

ABS is one of the original engineering thermoplastics. A classic all-rounder with a good blend of performance and aesthetic properties.

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What are Engineering Thermoplastics?

Today the term is conveniently applied to certain families of thermoplastics which have a higher performance than the group of thermoplastics labelled ‘Commodity Thermoplastics’.

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7 Reasons You Should Love Plastic

Last week’s Feast of Saint Valentine is past. The celebration of romance may have turned our minds towards relationships and light-hearted fun. In the commercial arena, however, the political climate surrounding our industry is toxic. Why then should anyone love plastic?
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