Guidance on Materials to Optimize Part Costs and Performance
The ideal material for your part will meet your performance specifications and be as cost-effective as possible.
Many criteria may be applicable depending on the part requirements, including custom color, flammability rating, impact strength, heat deflection temperature, ROHS/REACH certification, etc. But identifying material options can be a challenge.
Profile Plastics regularly provides guidance to help customers make smart material choices.
Options to ensure your specs—and budget—will be met
Customers benefit from having a wide range of options. We work with an array of materials. Our largest volume thermoplastics include:
ABS – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
PVC/Acrylic (Eg. Kydex T) – Flame-retardant thermoplastics engineered for specific applications
PVC/ABS (Eg. R59) – Flame-retardant ABS
HIPS – High Impact Polystyrene
HMWPE – High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
PP – Polypropylene
In addition, UL 94 rated materials are available to meet all flammability classifications. Various highly engineered specialty resins or thermoplastic blends are available to meet specific industry standards such as aircraft interiors, mass transportation, FDA, etc.
Knowledge and experience to make helpful recommendations
We also stay on top of the many new and innovative materials being developed for the thermoforming process, materials that can address the most demanding needs of our customers’ products.