Plastic Material for Molding Parts

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene – (ABS) injection molding

What is ABS?

ABS is an opaque thermoplastic amorphous polymer comprised of three monomers; this makes it an excellent engineering material.

ABS material properties

ABS injection molding has great chemical and thermal stability along with toughness and strength properties. The surface finish after molding is high glass making it perfect for cosmetic applications.

ABS common applications

 ABS plastic injection molding material is a great all-round engineering plastic and can be found in wall sockets, automotive trim, printers, vacuum cleaners, hard hats, kitchen utensils, plastic toys, and musical instruments to name a few.

Poly oxy methylene – (POM) injection molding – Often call acetal

What is POM?

Poly oxy methylene, often acetal, is one of the key engineering plastic. Among plastic element, it is one by the most crystalline structure.

POM injection molding material properties

POM is a high strength, low friction engineering plastic that has excellent wear properties in both wet and dry environments. Easy to machine, acetal makes on outstanding choice for applications that require complex, light tolerances.  

POM common applications

Can be found in small gear wheels, eyeglass frames, ball bearings, ski bindings, fasteners, guns, knife, handles, and lock system. The element is widely accepted in the automotive and customer electronics industry.

Nylon 6 & 6-6 polyamide – (PA6 & PA66) injection molding

What is PA6 & PA66 ?

Nylon (PA) 6 & 66 are both plastic polymers called polyamides, most utmost nylons, including 6 & 66, are semi-crystalline and treat good power and durability for demanding applications.

PA material properties

Nylon injection molding material has high mechanical strength, stiffness, hardness and toughness good fatigue resistance, good sliding properties and wears resistance, good machinability characteristics.

PA common application

Can be found in sleeves and bearings, wear pads, hammer heads, gear wheels, seal rings, cutting boards, marine cleats to name a few.

Polycarbonate – (PC) injection molding

What is a PC?

Polycarbonate (PC) plastics area naturally transports amorphous thermoplastic.

PC material properties

PC is a great when impact resistance and/or transparency are a product requirement (e.g. in bullet – proof glass)

PC common applications

PC is usually used for plastic lenses in eyewear, in medicinal devices, automotive elements, protective gear, greenhouse, digital disks (CDs, DVDs and Blu – ray) and exterior lighting accessories.

Polypropylene – (PP) injection molding

What is PP?

Polypropylene (PP) is a thermoplastic “increasing polymer” obtain from the combination of propylene monomers.

PP injection molding material properties

Some of the most significant properties of PP are good chemical resistance, elasticity and toughness, fatigue resistance, good insulation, good impact resistance. PP is one of the most used plastic in the world today.

PP common application

One of the main characteristics of PP is that it can be molded into a living hinge due to its good fatigue resistance. Other applications include food packaging consumer products, car bumpers, toys, container taps.

Polybutylene terephthalate – (PBT) injection molding

What is PBT?

Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) is semi-crystalline, white or off-white polyester similar in both compositions and properties to polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

PBT injection molding material properties

Resists abrasion temperature moisture effective electrical barrier with superb impact strength Subject to failure if noticed under stress Difficult to mold to extremely tight tolerances

PBT common application

PBT is usually used for food processing machinery purposes when low dampness absorption, resistance to staining or resistance to washing chemicals is required. It can also be found in electronic parts, electronic parts, and auto parts & TV set accessories.

Polymethyl methacrylate – (PMMA) injection molding

What is PMMA?

PMMA or acrylic is a transport thermoplastic homopolymer known more commonly by the trade name “Plexiglas”

PMMA injection molding material properties

PMMA or acrylic is extensively used transparent plastic. it is a tough plastic, easy to shape and a great alternative to the high cost less resilient glass.

PMMA common applications

Its applications in many markets from car windows, smartphone screens to aquariums. Other uses include lenses, acrylic nails, paint, security barriers, medical devices, LCD screens, and furniture.

Frankfurt to Be Site of Conference on Plastic Electronics October 4-5

Thin, light, flexible, and inexpensive plastic electronics are the focus of the Plastic Electronics Conference & Showcase 2005, which will be held October 4 and 5 in Hall 4 at Messe Frankfurt. The international forum and marketplace should attract companies and research institutes active in the field of electrically conductive polymer research and application development.

The international conference programme offers more than 70 presentations by renowned speakers from industry and science who will be introducing the latest developments in organic electronics. Panel discussions with market analysts and representatives from venture capital companies will round out the programme.

Companies such as Bayer, Dai Nippon Printing, Dupont Teijin, MAN Roland, Merck, Nokia, Osram, Plastic Logic, PolyIC, Philips, Siemens, and Xerox will take part in the conference. Additionally, seven symposia will focus on specific aspects of organic electronics research areas, including flexible displays; lighting and signage; photovoltaics; sensors; printed electronics and smart packaging; hybrid systems; and smart textiles.

At the accompanying showcase, a place for information exchange between developers, manufacturers, and users, visitors will be able to receive information about the status of this young technology and rapidly growing new industry and to establish contacts with experts in this sector. The showcase will allow exhibitors to position themselves as first movers in this growth market, where the first products are expected to be introduced in 2006.

Billed as an event “where science and industry meet,” the “Plastic Electronics Conference & Showcase 2005” was initiated by the Plastic Electronics Foundation and is being organized by that group in cooperation with the Organic Electronics Association (OEA) of the German engineering federation VDMA.

The “Plastic Electronics Conference & Showcase” The foundation has set up a science board and an industry board to coordinate the conference programme and select topics. Members are from well-known research institutes, universities, and companies.

OEA, a working group within VDMA, is the information and communication platform for companies and research institutes active in organic electronics. Its goal is to create the basic conditions necessary for the establishment of a competitive infrastructure for organic electronics in Germany and Europe.

New Interface Eases Chinese Access to On-Line Plastics Design Database

The international plastics database CAMPUS is distributed by a group of international resin suppliers, with M-Base Engineering + Software GmbH serving as the software supplier and technology partner of the CAMPUS consortium. Material Data Centre, also run by M-Base, is an Internet platform that offers a broad range of design data for plastics. One part of Material Data Centre, called WebView, contains the complete set of CAMPUS data sheets. Free access to WebView is available at www.materialdatacenter.com or at www.campusplastics.com.

As a consequence of the great success of CAMPUS and Material Data Centre in China, M-Base has developed a Chinese user interface for WebView in order to improve the accessibility of CAMPUS data for those more comfortable working in their native language. Recent studies show that more than 10% of all CAMPUS data requests come from China.

Those interested in using the Chinese version of CAMPUS WebView need only Internet access and a browser that has Chinese fonts.