ABS: ABS is made of acrylonitrile, styrene and butadiene, which is a very hard material. It is light in weight and it can withstand impact and UV (ultraviolet radiation); in addition to this，ABS has excellent elasticity and it is flexibility, it reacts well with glue and paint well, it can work normally at all temperatures and provides a variety colors and textures are available. These features combined with low cost and ease of manufacture make it the most commonly used plastic raw material in thermoforming processes. It is usually used in industries such as auto parts, electrical enclosures, luggage, and medical and health equipment. And according to actual usage requirements, ABS can increase the anti-ultraviolet performance, can become high hardness performance as required, or can be processed as a food-grade material.
HIPS: High-impact polystyrene (HIPS) is a multifunctional, economical and impact-resistant plastic, easy to machine and manufacture. The crispness of this plastic makes it an ideal plastic for protective packaging; HIPS is more brittle than ABS, has lower hardness than ABS, and is relatively cheaper than ABS. But it is more suitable for working in a watery, humid, and low temperature environment. So it is often used in Low-strength structural components, Prototype parts, Housings, Covers, Containers, etc. For situations where there is no high requirement for hardness, HIPS will be a very good choice.
HDPE: Polyethylene (polyethylene) is one of the most popular plastics in the world. It is lightweight, non-toxic, corrosion-resistant and has excellent impact resistance. It has a good effect at low temperatures and low cost. HDPE (High Density) Polyethylene is a variant of HIPS plastic. It is a stronger thermoformed plastic composed of petroleum. Therefore, HDPE is more flexible, more durable and resistant to wear than ABS and HIPS. Because HDPE has an excellent strength-to-density ratio, HDPE is widely used in Caravan Parts, Enclosures, Housings & Vehicle Parts.
PVC: PVC (polyvinyl chloride) can be divided into two categories: flexible and rigid. However, there are more types, such as CPVC, PVC-O and PVC-M. PVC—polyvinyl chloride—plastic is third most-used polymer. Created with suspension polymerization, this plastic has a strong, hard structure, making it an ideal rigid plastic that can withstand extreme temperatures and impacts. Its low cost also makes it attractive for companies . PVC is commonly used for sewage pipes, commercial signage, electric cables, flooring, faux leather clothing and more.
PET: One of the most common thermoformed plastics, PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is commonly used for synthetic fibers and bottle production. Once molded into a shape during thermoforming, PET plastic must be dried to increase its resistance. Once finalized , products made from PET plastic have great resistance and barriers from outside elements. This plastic is also one of the most recycled types of plastics.
PETG: PETG (polyethylene terephthalate modified) plastic is a variant of PET plastic. It has high impact resistance and is not easily broken. PETG material has outstanding toughness and high impact strength, its impact strength is 3-10 times that of modified polyacrylates, and it has a wide processing range, high mechanical strength and excellent flexibility, and is more transparent than PVC High, good gloss, easy to print and has environmental advantages. it is more suitable for contact with food, but it is easy to Scratches are generally used for thermoformed packaging products and packing tray.
PC: PC material, full name-polycarbonate, is a transparent material with high impact resistance and high hardness. PC material is transparent under normal conditions, and colors can also be customized according to requirements. PC material has its own anti-ultraviolet properties and has its own characteristics and advantages and disadvantages. PC is an amorphous thermoplastic resin with excellent comprehensive performance, with excellent electrical insulation, elongation, dimensional stability and chemical resistance. High strength, heat resistance and cold resistance; it also has the advantages of self-extinguishing, flame retardant, non-toxic, and colorable. Because of its hardness, UV resistance, transparency, etc., it is often used in outdoor products, outdoor protective covers, lampshades, transparent protective shells for outdoor electronic equipment, and so on.
Acrylic=PMMA: Acrylic is a kind of transparent material that is relatively brittle and does not have high impact resistance. The color can also be customized according to requirements. It is similar to PC material, but does not have the high strength of PC. It has crystal-like transparency, light transmittance above 92%, soft light, clear vision, and acrylic colored with dyes has a good color development effect. Acrylic material has excellent weather resistance, high surface hardness and surface gloss, and good high temperature performance. And it has good processing performance, which can be used for thermoforming or mechanical processing. In addition, the transparent acrylic sheet has a light transmittance comparable to that of glass, but the density is only half that of glass. In addition, it is not as fragile as glass, and even if it is broken, it will not form sharp fragments like glass. Its wear resistance is close to that of aluminum, good stability, and corrosion resistance to a variety of chemicals. And it has good printability and sprayability. The use of appropriate printing and spraying techniques can give acrylic products an ideal surface decoration effect. Acrylic is often used for shells, decorative products, outdoor exterior shells, etc.
Selection of other materials:
ABS+UV: outdoor products, products that need anti-ultraviolet rays;
ABS+FOOD GRADE: food grade tray products;
ABS+COLD RESISTANT: cold-resistant, cold-resistant materials, ice buckets, etc.;
ABS+HIGH IMPACT: impact resistance, not easy to break under strong impact;
ABS+FIRE RESISTANT: flame retardant material; ABS+PMMA: smooth surface, scratch-resistant, not easy to turn yellow, but relatively easy to be broken and brittle;
ABS+PC: Smooth surface, easy to scratch, not easy to break, relatively high temperature resistance, stable performance;
ABS+ASA: ASA material itself comes with UV, anti-ultraviolet function, so if customers have strong requirements, we recommend +ASA.