Types of thermoplastics used in plastic injection

What is a thermo plastic

A thermoplastic is a type of plastic that becomes pliable or moldable when heated and returns to a solid state when cooled. This property allows thermoplastics to be molded and shaped into a variety of products, and then remolded or recycled if necessary. Unlike thermosetting plastics, which harden irreversibly when heated, thermoplastics can be melted and reshaped multiple times. Some common examples of thermoplastics include polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

There are several types of thermoplastics that can be used in plastic injection, some of the most common ones include:

  • Polyethylene: This type of plastic is very versatile and is used in a wide range of applications, from packaging to toys.
  • Polypropylene: This thermoplastic is moisture resistant and is used in products such as food containers and cleaning products.
  • Polyester: This plastic is strong and is used in applications that require high mechanical strength, such as the exterior of vehicles.
  • Polycarbonate: This thermoplastic is very strong and is used in applications that require high strength and transparency, such as eyeglass lenses and protective visors.
  • Polyacetal: This plastic is wear-resistant and is used in gears and bearings.

These are just some of the thermoplastics that are used in plastic injection, there are many others that can be used depending on the needs of the final product.