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What are Engineering Plastics?

 

Engineering plastics are those type of plastics that is produced by using various plastic material having better mechanical thermal properties which are not found in the commonly used plastics that is used for daily use products such as Polyoxymethylene, Polyamides, PVC, Polypropylene and so on.

 

Since engineering plastics are very expensive type of plastic, which is the very reason why they are produced in a very limited quantity depending upon the requirement of a particular company, manufacturers of plastics manufacture engineer plastics in order that they do not have to face any type of loss.

 

Usage


Engineering Plastics are used for various objects, but for those objects that happen to be small in size or for low-volume applications like turned parts or machined parts that are used only at industrial level. They are not produced for bulk and high volume objects such as containers or packaging and so on.

 

The Term “Engineering Plastic”

 

Plastics basically happen to be very different from thermosetting and are basically referred to as being thermoplastic. For example, Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, which is also known as ABS can be included into engineering plastic, which is basically used for various daily products, such as bumpers, dashboard trim, so on and so forth.

 

In past there used to be used various engineering material, like wood or metal, as it must have been noted that in past most of the products were only made up of wood or metal but after the advancement of technology things have rapidly changed and the place of wood and metal for engineering materials has been taken over by plastics. There are various reasons as to what made engineers choose engineering plastic as being the best and the most suited material for daily use products manufacturing.

 

Some of the properties of plastics were are not found in any other material type, such as the weight of engineering plastic happens to be lesser in comparison to the other engineering material mentioned in the above paragraph. As a matter of fact with the help of plastic injection molding machinery, the production of process has in actuality become very easy.

 

The materials which were being used in all over the world traditionally have been replaced by. The usage of this material has increased to a very noticeable extent, and the market value has of engineering plastic has been estimated to be worth $45.2 Billion according to some of the reports that were presented in 2011, and by 2017 the market of this material is expected to reach up to $76.8 billion.

 

Down below is a list showing various engineering plastics types.


Polyoxymethylene plastic (POM / Acetal)

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)

Nylon 6

Polyamides (PA)

Polypropylene (PP)

Polycarbonates (PC)

Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)

Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)

Polyetherketone (PEK)

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

Polyimides

Polysulphone (PSU)

 

Conclusion


By the above mentioned facts, the conclusion that can be derived is that the future of engineering plastic industry is going to play a vital role in making various types of daily use products easy to be manufactured, since plastic happens to be very light in weight and is easy to produce. Furthermore, there as discussed above that there are various properties in of engineering plastics that makes it the very appealing products for the manufacturers as compare to other type of products.