Thermoforming Materials

Advantage Plastics works with a wide variety of materials. Here are just a few:

ABS sheet (Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) is one of the most widely used thermoplastics. Its high rigidity and impact strength combine with its excellent abrasion resistance to make it the ideal material for a wide variety of applications. ABS sheet also exhibits a high resistance to chemicals, moisture, and high temperatures and can be machined, drilled, or die-cut with relative ease. There are many variations, including GPABS, FRABS and others.
High-Density Polyethylene(HDPE) is a polyethylene thermoplastic made from petroleum. HDPE is commonly recycled, and has the number "2" as its recycling symbol. HDPE is resistant to many different solvents and has a wide variety of applications, including containers, chemical containment, sheds, tables, chairs and more.
HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) is tougher than polystyrene cheap and easily processed. It is used for quality goods e.g. toys, household appliances, cases, boxes, and calculators, computer housings.
Glycolized polyethylene terephthalate (PETG) can be semi-rigid to rigid, depending on its thickness, and is very lightweight. It makes a good gas and fair moisture barrier, as well as a good barrier to alcohol (requires additional "Barrier" treatment) and solvents. It is strong and impact-resistant. It is naturally colorless with high transparency.
Polycarbonates are a particular group of thermoplastic polymers. They are easily worked, moulded, and thermoformed; as such, these plastics are very widely used in the modern chemical industry. Their interesting features (temperature resistance, impact resistance and optical properties) position them between commodity plastics and engineering plastics. Polycarbonate is becoming more common in housewares as well as laboratories and in industry, especially in applications where any of its main features—high impact resistance, temperature resistance, optical properties—are required.
Acrylic sheet is completely transparent, flexible, and exhibits great resistance to breakage. Acrylic is excellent material to use in place of glass. It is lightweight, half the weight of glass, and it is virtually unaffected by nature. Acrylics transparency, gloss and dimensional shape are virtually unaffected by years of exposure to the elements, salt spray or corrosive atmospheres. These materials withstand exposure to light from fluorescent lamps without darkening or deteriorating.

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