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Plastic Materials Comparison Table

Plastic Materials

Material

Appearances

Features

Secondary Capabilities

Acetal

(Copolymer)

(Homopolymer)

Opaque/ Can be Colored

- Good Toughness

- Superior Abrasion Resistance

- Contains Internal Lubricant

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

Acrylic

Clear, Transparent Tints or Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored

- Good Chemical Resistance

- Good Contact Clarity

- Impact Modified

- Excellent Toughness Grade

- Good Exterior Properties

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

Acrylonitrile Butadiene- Styrene

(ABS)

Opaque/ Can be Colored

- Excellent Toughness

- Good Formability

- High Gloss Finish

- Good Stiffness

- High Impact Strength

- Good Low Temp Properties

- Good Chemical Resistance

- Flame Retardant

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

Cellulose Acetate Butyrate

(Butyrate)

Clear, Transparent Tints or Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored

- Excellent Clarity

- Good Toughness

- Excellent Printability

- Good Stiffness

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chlorided

(CPVC)

Off-white/Grey

- High Heat Deflection Temperature

- High Impact Strength

-Good Dimensional Stability

- High Rigidity

- Good Chemica Resistnace

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

Copolyester

(PETG)

Clear, Transparent Tints or Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored

- Good Impact Strength

- High Flex Modulus

- Good Chemical Resistance

- Good Toughness

- High Clarity

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

Ethylene Vinyl Acetate

(EVA)

Translucent/ Can be Colored

- Good Flexibility

- Good Toughness

- Good Memory Retention

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Punched

- Sealed

Polycarbonate

Transparent/ Can be Colored

- UV Grade

- FDA Grade

- High Impact Strength

- Good Electrical Properties

- Good Dimensional Stability

- High Rigidity

- Excellent Clarity

- Good Surface Gloss

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

Polyester

Opaque / Can be Colored

- Good Toughness

- Superior Abrasion Resistance

- Contains Internal Lubricant

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

Polyethermide

Opaque/ Can be Colored

- Exceptional Strength and Modulus

- Flame Retardant

- High Dielectric Strength

- Good Chemical Resistance

- Excellent Machinabilty

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

Polyethylene

(HDPE)

Opaque/ Can be Colored

- Moderate Stiffness

- Stress Crack Resistance

- Excellent Electrical Properties

- Good Chemical Resistance

- Abrasion Resistant

- Cost Effective

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

Polyethylene

(LDPE)

Opaque/ Can be Colored

- Excellent Electrical Properties

- Excellent Toughness

- High Gloss Finish

- Cost Effective

- Good Durability

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

Polyphenylene

Opaque/ Can be Colored

- Excellent Impact Resistance

- Excellent Toughness

- Flame Retardant

- Low Water Absorption

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

Polypropylene

(Copolymer)

(Hompolymer)

Opaque/ Can be Colored

- Good Stiffness

- Good Impact Strength

- Excellent Toughness

- High Resistance to Solvents

- Living Hinge

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

Polystyrene

(Crystal)

Clear, Transparent Tints or Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored

- Good Stiffness

- Good Clarity

- Low Impact Strength

- Cost Effective

- Excellent Printability

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

Polystyrene

(High Impact)

Clear, Transparent Tints or Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored

- Good Stiffness

- Cost Effective

- High Impact Strength

- Excellent Printability

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

Polysulfone

Translucent / Can be Colored

- High Tensile Strength

- High Modulus

- Good Chemical Resistance

- FDA Approved

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

Polyurethane

(Ester)

(Ether)

Translucent/ Can be Colored

- Cut Resistant

- UV Grade

- Good Clarity

- Contains Internal Lubricant

- Heat Resistant

- Good Abrasion Resistance

- Good Chemical Resistance

- Low Temperature Flexibility

- Oil Resistant

- Good Tear Strength

- Good Toughness

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

- Sealed

Polyvinyl Chloride

(Rigid PVC)

Clear, Transparent Tints and Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored

- Good Impact Strength

- Good Clarity

- Good Toughness

- Excellent Thermal Stability

- Exterior Grade

- Interior Grade

- FDA Grade

- Excellent Printability

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

Polyvinyl Chloride

(Flexible PVC)

Blended in-house

Clear, Transparent Tints and Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored

- Good for Industrial Applications

- Good Chemical Resistance

- FDA Approved for Medical Applications

- Flexibility from 60 to 90 Shore A Scale

- Finishes can vary

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

Thermoplastic Rubber

(TPR)

Tan/ Can be Colored

- Excellent Flex Fatigue

- Flame Retardant

- Good Weather Resistance

- Good Memory Retention

- Excellent Wear Resistance

- Good Chemical Resistance

- Sawed

- Drilled

- Routed

- Punched

- Sealed

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