At Extrudex, we get a lot of questions from clients about thermoplastics, what they are and how they work. In this article, we will provide some answers to your questions about thermoplastics and thermoplastic products. You’ll have all the information you need to make great decisions about your next plastic extrusion.

What makes a plastic a thermoplastic? We get this question a lot! The difference between a plastic and a thermoplastic is how the plastic can be processed. Thermoplastics can be molded through the application of heat. This can help to achieve the tightest tolerances and the most specific designs.

What industries benefit from thermoplastic products? Thermoplastic products can be used in literally any industry. Generally speaking, the most common industries that use thermoplastics are the aerospace and automotive spaces, as well as construction and medical uses.

What kind of parts can be made from thermoplastics? Thermoplastics can be used for a wide variety of parts. These can include door edging for homes and vehicles, weather stripping that is used as an insulator in door and window designs and even IV lines used in hospitals that move medications from their bag into a patient. As you can see, there is a lot of versatility in thermoplastic products.

Which plastic materials are considered thermoplastic? Some of the most commonly used thermoplastics in industry today include PVC, butyrate, LDPE, polypropylene, vinyl and PETG.

Do you have more questions about thermoplastics? Give us a call today and we will work with you to help you choose just the right material for your next project. Call now for expert, friendly assistance.

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