Choosing the right material for your extrusion project can be the key to a great outcome. Thermoplastic PVC might be just the right choice and offers quite a few benefits when creating common products. Here are just a few reasons to consider thermoplastic PVC for your next extrusion:
- What makes this PVC thermoplastic? This PVC – polyvinyl chloride – can be considered a thermoplastic when it softens above a certain temperature and hardens when that temperature drops. This type of PVC can be molded and remolded over and over again, which makes them excellent candidates for economical extrusions. There are other PVCs that are considered thermosetting, which means that they cannot be reheated after they are molded into shape. Thermoplastic PVC is much more versatile.
- PVC is comprised of chlorine and carbon. The chlorine portion of PVC is gained from salt using an electrolysis process. The carbon portion of PVC is as a result of oil. The usual proportion of chlorine to carbon is 57% to 43%.
- Thermoplastic PVC is a more environmentally friendly option than other types of plastics. While many plastic types are heavily dependent on crude oil and natural gas, thermoplastic PVC is less so.
- This type of PVC is excellent for use in construction. Due to the fact that thermoplastic PVC is created using chlorine, it offers a fire resistant function that makes it ideal for the building industry. For that reason, many brands of vinyl siding, drainpipes and gutters are now made from this versatile type of plastic.
Are you considering thermoplastic PVC for your next project? Call Extrudex today for more information on how we can help you with the design and manufacturing process.