The high-performance properties of engineering plastics give them the ability to replace metal or ceramic parts in various industries, such as automotive, manufacturing, electronic, and transportation. These resins have many advantages over other types of plastics, empowering strong performance over a wide range of applications.
Good Mechanical Characteristics
These resins have many good mechanical characteristics, including high strength, impact resistance, and dimensional stability. Each of these properties indicates that engineering plastics have the ability to withstand various loads and conditions, proving their versatility.
Machinability and Dimensional Stability
The machinability and dimensional stability of engineering plastics make them a great option for a wide range of applications. Engineering plastics’ ability to be easily machinable lowers production costs and produces higher quality products because they take minimal power to create. Additionally, its dimensional stability, or ability to maintain its size and shape under varying conditions, indicates that engineering resins can withstand various environments without losing their shape — indicating long-lasting part life.
The chemical resistance of engineering plastics gives them the ability to withstand chemicals for a specific time period. These resins can maintain their properties, even in the presence of chemicals, and are less likely to corrode, allowing them to be used in chemical applications without the worry of degradation.
Engineering plastics are also resistant to wear. Wear resistance is the ability to reduce material loss by repeated mechanical action. Some of these resins have low-friction or self-lubricating properties that reduce wear and the need for lubrication. When working with low-friction and self-lubricating engineering plastics you reduce the need for maintenance, downtime, and need for replacements.
Corrosion is the reaction between materials and their environments that cause the breakdown of said material. Engineering plastics are resistant to corrosion, meaning that they can be exposed to various environmental factors without breaking down and needing maintenance and replacements. They can last for extended periods of time even in harsh conditions, making them an ideal choice for outdoor applications.
Engineering plastics also have some degree of thermal resistance, or the ability to handle extreme temperatures. Individual types of these resins have different minimum and maximum temperatures they can withstand, some having a wider range than others. It is important to know the temperature range of the engineering plastic you decide to use in your application so you can trust that it will be able to withstand its environment.
Discover the Properties of Engineering Plastics Yourself with Ensinger Precision Components
Since 1934, Ensinger Precision Components has been providing our customers with high-quality polymers and exceptional fabrication solutions. Whether you are looking for injection molding services, CNC machining, engineering services, or just need plastic stock shapes, Ensigner can help.
We carry a wide range of materials, including various engineering resins, such as acetal, Nylon, polyesters, and more. If you are unsure which resin will fit your demanding application, our experienced team can help you choose an engineering plastic based on your needs.
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