Polymer Manufacturing Services Found in 3Diligent's 3Depot Material Library
Within the 3Diligent 3Depot Library, polymer services 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 defined by a common shared molecular chain. Certain advanced plastics are also broadly considered polymers—introducing characteristics from other material families. Made of long, repeating chains of molecules, polymers have unique properties, depending on the type and how molecules are bonded. Some polymers, such as rubber and polyester, bend and stretch. Silicone, a class of polymer, is typically heat-resistant and either liquid or rubber-like. Silicone is often used in thermal and electrical insulation.
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.
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.
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