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  • Advanced changed the description of the group Group logo of Choosing Thermosets or ThermoplasticsChoosing Thermosets or Thermoplastics from "Even though there are thousands of types of plastics with a variety of different qualities, all plastics can be sorted into two different groups: thermosets or thermoplastics. While you may not be able to tell the difference just by looking at them, thermosets and thermoplastics have very different structural makeups which leads to differences in their physical properties. At our <a href="https://advancedplastiform.com/injection-molding/">injection molding company</a>, we only use thermoplastics, but to help you understand why we use the plastics we do, we wanted to explain how the plastics we use differ from other types.

    <a></a>What Makes Thermosets and Thermoplastics Different?

    You’ll notice both words start with the root word, “therm,” meaning “heat” or “warm,” so how they are affected when they are heated is the key quality that separates the two types of plastic.

    <a></a>Thermoplastics

    When thermoplastics are exposed to heat, their physical state changes to soften or even become a liquid, but even though their shape changes, the chemical structure and bonds remain the same. When the plastic is soft or liquid, it can be formed into a desired shape through thermoforming or injection molding. Once cooled, it’s the same plastic you started with, just in a different shape. Plus, it can be heated and shaped multiple times if needed. Think of thermoplastic like water – when heated to a steam or frozen into ice, its chemical makeup hasn’t changed, just its form. No matter what, it’s still water.

    <a></a>Thermosets

    When thermosets are heated, the polymers cross-link during the curing process to create a new, unbreakable chemical bond. Once the plastic has cooled and hardened, it’s a completely new material than it was before, so it can’t be melted and reused or reshaped. Instead, when they’re heated, the plastic simply chars or burns. While thermoplastics are like water, thermosets are more like bread dough – baking it changes the chemical structure and bonds, so it will only be bread and can’t go back to being dough.

    <a></a>Types of Thermoset and Thermoplastic Materials

    Thermoplastics and thermosets are both used in everyday items. Common thermoplastics we use in injection molding include polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) to make medical supplies or knobs and dials used in vehicles.

    Thermosets include polyester, melamine, silicone, epoxy, or urea formaldehyde. These include plastic dinner plates, laminate countertops, and urethane or epoxy coatings that are used to cover concrete flooring.

    <a></a>Should You Choose Thermoplastics or Thermosets?

    Injection molding can only be performed with thermoplastics, but that doesn’t mean thermosets don’t have a place. In fact, both plastics have key benefits.

    <a></a>Benefits of Thermoplastics

    ● Can be recycled

    ● Holds up well to impact, chemical exposure, and water

    ● Many varieties are deemed safe for food (such as packaging and utensils)

    ● Easy to customize for function, such as with coatings or elastomers, and aesthetics, such as with paint

    ● Can be shaped through thermoforming or injection molding

    Most people choose thermoplastics because they are highly versatile while their ability to be recycled makes them more appealing from an eco-friendly standpoint.

    <a></a>Benefits of Thermoset Materials

    ● Very hard and rigid

    ● Highly stable

    ● High melting or burning point

    ● Can be made more stable and durable with fiberglass and Kevlar.

    While they can’t be recycled, their chemical structure does mean they can withstand extremely high temperatures and are incredibly durable, though they can be brittle.

    <a></a>Learn More About Thermoplastics from Our Injection Molding Company

    At Advanced Plastiform, Inc., we work with a wide variety of thermoplastics to better meet the needs of multiple industries, including automotive, healthcare, and telecommunications. To learn whether thermoplastics are right for you, reach out to an injection molding company." to "Even though there are thousands of types of plastics with a variety of different qualities, all plastics can be sorted into two different groups: thermosets or thermoplastics. While you may not be able to tell the difference just by looking at them, thermosets and thermoplastics have very different structural makeups which leads to differences in their physical properties. At our <a href="https://advancedplastiform.com/injection-molding/">injection molding company</a>, we only use thermoplastics, but to help you understand why we use the plastics we do, we wanted to explain how the plastics we use differ from other types.

    <a></a>What Makes Thermosets and Thermoplastics Different?

    You’ll notice both words start with the root word, “therm,” meaning “heat” or “warm,” so how they are affected when they are heated is the key quality that separates the two types of plastic.

    <a></a>Thermoplastics

    When thermoplastics are exposed to heat, their physical state changes to soften or even become a liquid, but even though their shape changes, the chemical structure and bonds remain the same. When the plastic is soft or liquid, it can be formed into a desired shape through thermoforming or injection molding. Once cooled, it’s the same plastic you started with, just in a different shape. Plus, it can be heated and shaped multiple times if needed. Think of thermoplastic like water – when heated to a steam or frozen into ice, its chemical makeup hasn’t changed, just its form. No matter what, it’s still water.

    <a></a>Thermosets

    When thermosets are heated, the polymers cross-link during the curing process to create a new, unbreakable chemical bond. Once the plastic has cooled and hardened, it’s a completely new material than it was before, so it can’t be melted and reused or reshaped. Instead, when they’re heated, the plastic simply chars or burns. While thermoplastics are like water, thermosets are more like bread dough – baking it changes the chemical structure and bonds, so it will only be bread and can’t go back to being dough.

    <a></a>Types of Thermoset and Thermoplastic Materials

    Thermoplastics and thermosets are both used in everyday items. Common thermoplastics we use in injection molding include polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) to make medical supplies or knobs and dials used in vehicles.

    Thermosets include polyester, melamine, silicone, epoxy, or urea formaldehyde. These include plastic dinner plates, laminate countertops, and urethane or epoxy coatings that are used to cover concrete flooring.

    <a></a>Should You Choose Thermoplastics or Thermosets?

    Injection molding can only be performed with thermoplastics, but that doesn’t mean thermosets don’t have a place. In fact, both plastics have key benefits.

    <a></a>Benefits of Thermoplastics

    ● Can be recycled

    ● Holds up well to impact, chemical exposure, and water

    ● Many varieties are deemed safe for food (such as packaging and utensils)

    ● Easy to customize for function, such as with coatings or elastomers, and aesthetics, such as with paint

    ● Can be shaped through thermoforming or injection molding

    Most people choose thermoplastics because they are highly versatile while their ability to be recycled makes them more appealing from an eco-friendly standpoint.

    <a></a>Benefits of Thermoset Materials

    ● Very hard and rigid

    ● Highly stable

    ● High melting or burning point

    ● Can be made more stable and durable with fiberglass and Kevlar.

    While they can’t be recycled, their chemical structure does mean they can withstand extremely high temperatures and are incredibly durable, though they can be brittle.

    <a></a>Learn More About Thermoplastics from Our Injection Molding Company

    At Advanced Plastiform, Inc., we work with a wide variety of thermoplastics to better meet the needs of multiple industries, including automotive, healthcare, and telecommunications. To learn whether thermoplastics are right for you, reach out to an injection molding company.

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