Polymer Manufacturing Services
Polymers processed by the 3Diligent ProdEX manufacturing service include thermoplastics, thermoset resins, silicone, and enhanced plastics. Polymers are used to make a variety of common items such as athletic shoes, parts, baking forms, clothing, CDs/DVDs, paint, and so much more.
Polymer Manufacturing Services Overview
Polymers are large molecules, or macromolecules, made from repeating subunits. Both synthetic and natural polymers surround the products of everyday life and are created via polymerization of many small molecules, known as monomers. Having a bigger molecular mass compared to small compounds creates unique physical properties like toughness, high elasticity, and viscoelasticity.
The family of enhanced plastics within polymer materials are generally buffed with wider temperature tolerances and other characteristics that differentiate them from typical commercial products. Common options of enhanced plastics include custom polymers along with polyamide, ABS, and PLS reinforced materials.
Thermoplastics support high-strength applications. Their ability to melt back into a fluid without changing physical properties makes these plastics prime candidates for flexible applications; high-stress, mechanical applications; and recycling. The reversibility of the melting process means the material's physical properties will carry over into the next design—depending on the shape.
Thermoset resins typically offer economical solutions for achieving complex designs, high temperature, chemical resistance, and overall strength improvements within a part. A key differentiating for these thermosets is the inability to melt back into a liquid state due to the tenacious chemical bonds formed during the resin-curing process.
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