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Sulphur: From the Underworld to Thermoplastics

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.

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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

The Hidden Attributes of Polycarbonate

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. 

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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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Using Plastics Simulation to Overcome a Fear of Fibres

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.

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