In 1839, by inserting sulphur atoms as bridges between polymer chains, Charles Goodyear transformed Natural Rubber from an interesting curiosity into a superb engineering material that has had a huge impact on society.
In some applications heat resistance can mean the material’s ability to carry out its intended function at elevated temperatures for short periods.
Many assume that polytetrafluoroethylene is a thermoset because it seems unaffected by heat. Continue reading
When polycarbonate (PC) first appeared in the market over 50 years ago, the immediate appeal was its amazing impact resistance compared to other transparent rigid thermoplastics at that time.
ABS is one of the original engineering thermoplastics. A classic all-rounder with a good blend of performance and aesthetic properties.
Today the term is conveniently applied to certain families of thermoplastics which have a higher performance than the group of thermoplastics labelled ‘Commodity Thermoplastics’.
A sure-fire way to make any injection mould toolmaker or processing engineer uneasy is to utter the words “fibre reinforced”; and not without good reason.