Zone: Thermoplastics
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In contrast to crosslinking thermosets, whose cure reaction cannot be reversed, thermoplastics harden when cooled but retain their plasticity; that is, they will remelt and can be reshaped by reheating them above their processing temperature. Less-expensive thermoplastic matrices offer lower processing temperatures but also have limited use temperatures. They draw from the menu of both engineered and commodity plastics, such as polyethylene (PE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), polycarbonate (PC), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polyamide (PA or nylon) and polypropylene (PP). High-volume commercial products, such as athletic footwear, orthotics and medical prostheses, benefit from the toughness and moisture resistance of these resins, as do automotive air intake manifolds and other underhood parts.


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The pairing of Kleiss Gears’ high precision gear design, testing and manufacturing capability with Victrex’s materials technology, provides a new integrated option for customers.

PET structural foam CompositesWorld

XTX Composites Inc. (Dallas, TX, US) has completed production and testing of new structural PET foam with densities of 100 kg/m3 and 110 kg/m3.

SGL Group wins funds for thermoplastic composites development CompositesWorld

With almost €1 million in government funding, €2.9 million has been allocated by SGL Group for the development of a new type of customized carbon fiber for thermoplastic applications.

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Overmolding expands PEEK’s range in composites CompositesWorld

A new polymer and a hybrid process enable production of complex, high-load-capable, fiber-reinforced brackets and clips in minutes.

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