What Are Thermoplastics?

In our competitive global environment, companies need to be able to have parts and components mass-manufactured to ensure manufacturing demand is met and costs are kept to a minimum.

Once the initial costs have been paid off for the injection molding, reproducing these parts through injection molding is relatively easy. If your company has an extremely large batch order, injection molding makes a lot of sense.

Companies that specialize in injection molding will work with thermoset materials and thermoplastic materials. For the purposes of this blog, we will be talking about the latter.

Thermoplastic materials are made up of long, inlinked atoms and monomers, like carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. These monomers and atoms become linked to form a thermoplastic polymer. How they are eventually linked will determine their various characteristics.

Thermoplastics form a crystalline structured when cooled, which means it will be structurally sound and feature a smooth surface finish, and shaped to whatever the mold is. Thermoplastics can be melted at a certain temperature as well to form a new shape.

Thermoplastic materials can be reused and recycled for different applications because they can be remelted and reformed. This makes them a viable sustainable option for companies that don’t want to increase their carbon footprint. Thermoset materials cannot be reused.

There are many different types of thermoplastics injection molding available. Some of the most common include the following:

ABS Molding

Acrylic Molding

Polyethylene

UHMW

Thermoplastic materials are used in a number of different industrial applications, and they have helped manufacturers transform how they create and innovate.