Fiber Reinforced Plastic Versus Traditional Materials


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Steel, aluminum, and timber have long been the go-to materials when it comes to building, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything we can do to improve on these classic building materials. But fiber reinforced plastic? When you think of plastic water bottles, clothing hangers, and children’s toys, durability isn’t likely to come to mind. […]

Plastic Materials in Cryogenic Environments


plastic materials in cryogenic environments

Surprisingly, plastic can perform quite well, as long the plastic products are created with cryogenic freezing in mind. The beginning of plastic materials in cryogenic environments The study of plastics in cryogenic environments started all the way back in the 1960s. The research was conducted by NASA, as they wanted to see how plastic would […]

Plastics in Aerospace


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As we’ve mentioned in other articles, plastics permeate every facet of our lives. They’re in our cars, on our kitchen counters, and in our bathrooms. Nowhere have they been adopted so fast as Aerospace, however. Starting with World War II, plastics have played a role in aviation, replacing critical rubber components in planes after the Japanese […]

How Polyester is Made


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Because it is so useful in a wide variety of applications, many different kinds of plastics have been developed, and with so many names. Some of these specialty plastics you’ve heard of before. We’ve talked about nylon, which is a surprising plastic product, but did you know that polyester is technically plastic too? Every kind […]

Five Common Mistakes When Choosing a Plastic Fastener


Five Common Mistakes When Choosing a Plastic Fastener

Five Common Mistakes When Choosing a Plastic Fastener Whether you’re designing a piece of machinery or you’re building a commercial product, there’s a lot to think about. From functionality to the design, choosing the right plastic fastener doesn’t seem like the most important choice, but nothing could be further from the truth. Without the right […]

The Best Acid Resistant Plastics in Plastic Fasteners


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The Best Acid Resistant Plastics in Plastic Fasteners…and Why They Are a Good Choice Although the concept of a plastic fastener seems simple enough, it is anything but. Because there is an endless array of applications for fasteners, there are an equal number of fasteners that are made for those applications. Some fasteners require acid […]

Understanding Plastic Fillers in Plastic Fasteners


Plastic Filler: Mica

Plastic is everywhere. From plastic water bottles to toys and even car parts, you simply can’t escape the wonders of this versatile material. Because we’re surrounded by plastic, we assume that all that plastic is, well, plastic! However, the truth is a bit more complex. Most plastic is made up of many other materials as […]