“The fastest growing
material technology in
the plastics industry today.”
Where will you find thermosets?
Thermosets offer the unique opportunity to consolidate complex parts, reduce weight and eliminate secondary operations – while improving end use performance and cost. Because they are a cross linking material, they will not melt and they withstand extreme temperatures without warping.
How Do Thermosets Measure Against Competitive Materials?
Thermosets are ideal materials for the replacement of traditional solutions such as metal, ceramic and engineering thermoplastic. Injection and compression moldable, they provide design freedom as well as a full range of properties, colors and high quality finishes.
Thermosets are materials which remain in a permanent solid state after being cured once. Polymers within the material ‘cross-link’ during the curing process to create an irreversible bond. This means that thermosets will not melt, even when exposed to extremely high temperatures…unlike thermoplastics. Thermosets will withstand heat and extreme cold and will not warp or lose their shape. They are ideal for applications that will be used in harsh climates / environments that experience regular variation in temperature.
Thermosets have excellent ‘flow’, which makes for easier molding and shorter cycle times. In addition, it allows for the creation of larger and / or more complex parts, along with part consolidation and varied wall thicknesses.. Dimensionally stable and structurally sound, impact resistance and strength are inherent traits of this material. They can be further strengthened during mixing with reinforcement materials such as fiberglass, carbon and Kevlar. Chemical resistance, dielectric and insulative properties add to thermosets’ desirability and durability and they are a top choice for watercraft, insulation, medical and food contact applications.
Finally, aesthetics need not be compromised with thermoset materials. Specialty finishes, coatings and molded-in high gloss colors offer innovative and attractive options.
Thermosets are lighter in weight and more impact resistant than porcelain. They also offer excellent electrically insulative properties..
Thermosets are a lightweight, high modulus alternative to metal solutions. Part consolidation, enhanced yield and extended tool life are also benefits of thermosetting materials,
THE ADVANTAGES OF
Irreversible, molecular crosslinking chmistry provides room temperature performance & creep resistance at elevated temperatures.
Highly unsaturated thermosetting resins provide exceptional rigidity as both substrate and binder (for compounded offerings).
Molecular cross linking reduces the vulnerabilities associated with chemical attack providing inherent resistance to a number of aggressive reagents.
Properly formulated thermosets maintain physical properties and color fastness in U.V. exposed environments across years of applied use.
Compounded thermosets can be designed and modeled (for process and end-use) yielding value added, part consolidating designs
Pulverized pre and post consumer thermoset products have been re-introduced into compounds with excellent property retention
Thermosets provide the stiffness and strength needed to replace specific metal applications while reducing component weight by 25 – >50%.
Compounded thermosets can be produced leveraging deep, designer colors, scratch resistance surfaces and high gloss finishes.
Thermosets can be injection, compression & transfer molded. Contemporary processes will generate part yields comparable to thermoplastics.