Plastic Extrusion Or Polymer Extrusion

There are lots of technical terms when you are working with plastic extrusion processes especially with all of the technological improvements and options in materials.  One of the terms that tends to cause issues is the difference between polymer extrusion and plastic extrusion.  Here are just a few things that you need to know about the difference between these terms:

  • Using these terms interchangeably isn’t necessarily incorrect. While some experts in the field prefer one or the other, a polymer extrusion isn’t always the most specific way to describe the plastic extrusion process.
  • Polymers are a unique material that may or may not be used in the plastic extrusion process. Polymers are comprised of materials that have large molecules that have been built from many smaller molecules, called monomers.  There are also biopolymers such as proteins and nucleic acids.  These are present in humans and wouldn’t be used for plastic extrusions.
  • Polymer extrusion refers to a type of material being used in the process. When you hear the term “polymer extrusion” it is a reference to the use of certain types of plastics and elastomers.

Does this seem confusing to you?  Call on the experts at Extrudex to chat with you about the difference between plastic extrusions and polymer extrusions.  We offer high quality extruded products for a wide variety of industries, including the construction and home improvement business, and we’d love to chat with you about the options for your next project.  Call now!