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Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate

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Polycarbonate

Superior Impact Stength

High Impact Polycarbonate Sheet and Rod

Polycarbonate sheet material is used frequently for shields, guards, and containment barriers.

It can be cold or heat bent to most configurations. A popular material manufactured by several companies: Lexan® by SABIC, Tuffak® by Plaskolite (formerly Makrolon® by Covestro), Zelux® by Westlake, Unicar® by Nytef Div of Polymer, Ensicar® by Ensinger, Cyrolon®, Polygal®, Plazit®, Tuffak® GP, Paltuf®, Texin®.

Today, there are numerous versions of these Polycarbonate resins, produced by a dozen different resin manufacturers; however Lexan® and Makrolon® still lead the field.

In addition to the large number of resin manufacturers, there are also dozens of extruders that can produce the Polycarbonate in Sheet or rod.

The leaders are Tuffak Plaskolite (formerly Covestro), SABIC Lexan and Plazit Polygal. All three have extrusion equipment in the USA and produce high clarity and high quality Polycarbonate sheet.

Some of the leaders in the Thick Plate and Rod extrusion are Ensinger, Westlake, Rochling, Polymer and Gehr Plastics.

polycarbonate-sheet-riot-shields, protection for police officers

Why you should use Polycarbonate:

Polycarbonate sheet is a common material for a variety of glazing applications, impact resistant shields and formed parts. Polycarbonate Sheet and Rod are generally produced from plastic resin produced by two main plastic resin manufacturers:

1) Plaskolite (formerly Covestro Plastic) produce Tuffak® Polycarbonate (formerly Makrolon®) sheets as well as a full line of Acrylic Sheet and Acrylic Mirror materials.

2) SABIC (Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation) Plastic, producing a wide range of plastic resins including: Lexan® Polycarbonate, Cycolac®, ABSNoryl®- Poly Phenylene Oxide (PPO)Ultem® 1000 and Ultem® 2300 PEI resins.

The general purpose Polycarbonate resins are about the same as they were when they were first invented. The research on this resin started in 1898, but was first perfected by Bayer in Germany and was patented and registered in 1955. Amazingly, one week after the first invention by Bayer, Daniel Fox at General Electric in New York, independently synthesized a branched Polycarbonate resin.

Both companies filed for US Patents in 1955, and agreed that the company lacking priority would be granted a license to the technology. The patent was resolved in Bayer’s favor and Bayer began commercial production under the trade name Makrolon® in 1958.

GE Plastics began production under the Lexan® trade in 1960.

Polycarbonate is ITAR compliant, and Polycarbonate is RoHS compliant. 

Machined Polycarbonate Block made from Zelux M

 

Tuffak® (formerly Makrolon® GP) – General Purpose Polycarbonate Sheet

~ UV Stable and Excellent for high impact and glazing applications

Tuffak® (formerly Makrolon® GP-V) – UL rated General Purpose Polycarbonate Sheet

~ UV Stabilized and UL 94 V-2 at .060” thickness, UL 94 V-0 at .220” thickness

Tuffak® (formerly Makrolon® FI) – UL rated Polycarbonate Sheet (Flame Inhibiting)

~ High flame resistance – UL 94 V-0 at .060” thickness and UL 94 5VA at .118” thickness

~ FAR 25.853 Part 1, a (i) – 60 sec and Part 1, a (ii) – 12 sec – PASS @0.060” – 0.125”

Tuffak® (formerly Makrolon® AR) – Abrasion Resistant Polycarbonate Sheet

~ Added proprietary hard coating for higher abrasion resistance

Plazit Polygal:

Monogal®

~ UV Stable and Excellent for high impact and glazing applications

Monogal-F®

~ High flame resistance – UL 94 V-0 at .080” thickness

~ FAR 25.85 Part 1, a (i) – 60 sec and Part 1, a (ii) – 12 sec – PASS @0.080” – 0.236”

Materials Available As:

Extruded Sheet:

.030″ – .500″ in 48″ X 96″ Clear Masked General Purpose Sheets
Molded Sheet or Plate:

.500″ – 4.0″ Thick Natural (Transparent) and Optical Grade up to 48″ X 96″

Film:

.010″ –.040″ in 24″ X 48″

Rod:

.125″ – 12.0″ Diameter – Natural (Machine Grade – Non Pigmented) in 96″ Lengths.
Black is Available in some sheet and rod sizes as a Standard:

Contact For Details

Tube:

.250″ ID – 4.0″ ID in 96″ Lengths (variety of wall thickness based on diameter)

Special Formulations:

Medical Grade, Conductive, Static Dissipative, Glass Filled, Custom Sizes, Formulations, Profiles or Colors

Typical Resin Properties for Polycarbonate

These properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.

PETG / Vivak®

PETG / Vivak®

IPS-acrylic

PETG – Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol

Tough clear plastic sheet, used frequently in vacuum forming

PETG is a plastic resin of the polyester family that is used to make thermoforming applications. PETG is a clear resin that can be extruded into sheets. One of the most common applications of this plastic is in POP Displays, molds (food, candy, soap, candle), medical face shields, and more commonly seen in drinking water bottles.

Why you should use PETG:

  • Has excellent bending and Vacuum form properties
  • Is very easy to fabricate
  • Excellent impact strength
  • Standard material is not UV stabilized
  • Tougher than Acrylic, but not quite as impact resistant as Polycarbonate
  • PETG is ITAR compliant, and PETG is RoHS compliant
  • Formerly called Vivak® Sheet, Spectar®, Ultros® or Copolyester Sheet
  • PETG is the abbreviation for Polyethleneterephtalate Glycol

Formed and cut PETG sheet, Vivak, Copolymer Part

PETG material is an excellent material for fabrication of Point-of-Purchase (POP) displays, forming of 3-D parts and and bending.

  • Excellent fabrication
  • Low cost material with high impact strength
  • Easy to form, punch, rivet and cut
  • Paintable, printable, and silk screens wellVacuum Formed PETG sheet Part

Material Available As:

Thin Sheet and Sheets:

.020″ -.500″ Thickness in 48″ X96″ Sheets

Film: Special Order – Please call with your Requirements

PETG - Vivak Typical Resin Properties

These properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.

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PEEK

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PEEK – Polyetheretherketone

Premium Material with Maximum Performance

Tecapeek Natural Virgin PEEK rod, plate and tube

Tecapeek Natural Virgin PEEK

Polyetheretherketone – PEEK

Also available: PAEK, PEKK

PEEK is a highly crystalline thermoplastic with excellent properties making it an ideal material for medical, electrical, and electronic industries. It also makes great pump bodies, compressor components, valve seats, and housing applications.

Rated as “Best” or nearly the best in all mechanical properties of plastic materials. It carries UL 94-V-0 flammability rating and is FDA approved for food contact. PEEK has excellent dimensional stability, even under elevated temperatures.

VICTREX® is the leading supplier of this specialty resin with their Victrex® 450G material, although the name PEEK is generic for the resin. This range of materials also includes Avaspire®, PAEK, and PEKK grades which offer similar property ranges; but have slightly different properties in either impact, heat, or stress applications.

The industry generally calls these materials PEEK 450g Plate or PEEK 450g rod, indicating that the Victrex 450g resin is used to produce the PEEK plate or PEEK rod. While this has become standard practice, we would encourage you to use the complete call out of Victrex 450g PEEK plate or similar. Industrial Plastic Supply is one of the leaders in the High-Performance Plastic marketplace, and will only supply high-quality PEEK materials per our client’s specifications.

Our leading premium suppliers of these materials include Rochling Plastics – Sustapeek®, Ensinger Plastics – Tecapeek®, and ZL Plastics – ZL® 1500. These and other factories we partner with supply only high-quality, name brand resins. No counterfeit materials here! PEEK is a High Tech Performance Plastic.

Medical Grade PEEK is USP Class VI certifiable, contact us for more information.

Why you should use PEEK:

  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Extremely high continuous temperature to 480 degrees F
  • Good dimensional stability
  • Excellent Machining
  • Low co-efficient of friction
  • Dimensionally stable
  • Very low moisture absorption
  • Outstanding Wear resistance
  • Is USP Class VI approved for medical applications
  • PEEK is ITAR compliant, and PEEK is RoHS compliant 

This material is an excellent machining material – a favorite of machinists. It works like soft brass and has exceptional dimensional stability.

  • Used in demanding applications in industries like electrical, medical, automotive, and aerospace
  • Other uses: bearings, compressor plate valves, pumps, and cable and wire insulation
  • Constantly wet environments
  • Electrical environments

Contact us for more information on all the other grades in the Ketone family. While it solves many demanding engineering requirements, it is also rather expensive. Most clients choose these resins as a last resort, but if your design calls for high heat, high chemical resistance, excellent dimensional stability, excellent wear resistance and/or USP certification, these are an excellent solution.

VICTREX has been at the forefront of high performance plastic materials, with PEEK being their flag-ship product line. Mil-P-46183 is most common specification associated with PEEK, call for additional information.

Materials Available As

Sheet, Rod, Tube and Film:

Rod:

.250″ – 6.0″ Diameter

Sheet:

.250″ – 4.0″ Thickness

Tubular Bar:

Up to 36″ OD – call with your requirements.
Special Formulations: Non-Standard sizes, colors, glass filled and bearing grades

General PropertyASTM TestTypical Value
Specific GravityD7921.32
Tensile Strength YieldD63814,500
Tensile ModulusD638522,000
Izod Impact – NotchedD2561.57
Hardness – RockwellD785M-99 /R-126
Continuous Use TempUL480
Deflection Temp @ 264psiD648320
Co. Thermal ExpansionD6962.6 X 10-5
Mechetec PEEK - Unitrex LF20 parts

These properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.

Nylon – Polyamide

Nylon – Polyamide

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Nylon (Polyamide)

PA6, PA6/6, PA6/10, PA6/12

Type 6, Type 6/6, Type 6/10, and Type 6/12 

Commonly known as PA6 (Cast) and PA66 (Extruded)
Available As Sheet, Rod, Tubular Bar, Tube and Cast Blocks and Shapes

Nylon material is used frequently in a self lubricating bearing surface or slide type applications. Resistant to most common chemicals.

One of the most popular work horse materials of the mechanical plastics family. The number designations that follow each type of nylon refers to the number of carbon atoms contained in the material’s prior polymerization process.

Used in Food Processing, Automotive, Fluid Handling, Electronics and Mining applications.

Other brand or trade names for Type 6/6 and Type 6: Vekton®, Unipa®, Tecast®, Nyoil®, Tecamid®, Sustamid®, Capron®, Nylatron®, Ensilon®, and Zytel®.  This wear resistant plastic is one of the best known superior mechanical plastic materials.

Various colors are available depending on the type of nylon need for your application.

Nylon is a High Tech Performance Plastic.

Large Natural Cast Nylon Tube Parts
A wide range of thicknesses are available in Natural and Black Nylon 66 sheet
Huge Cast Nylon type 6 looks like massive hockey puck
Nylon material is a durable material generally used for wear applications. Large cross sections and custom shapes can be made with the Type 6 Cast Nylon, as well as additives to increase desired properties. In the Cast Nylon Type 6, colors, lubricants, Food Grade Oil filled, stiffeners (glass), Molybdenum Disulfide or MD Filled, and other custom blends.

Why you should use Nylon/Polyamide:

  • Very Stiff Material – Great Wear Properties
  • Good Mechanical and Impact Properties
  • Self Lubricating & Abrasion Resistant
  • Many Varieties and formulations Available
  • Extremely Durable – High End Home Carpet and Tough Household Rope are Great Examples
  • Huge range of rod and sheet sizes – available as standard, also massive capacity on special order.
  • Nylon is ITAR compliant, and Nylon is RoHS compliant

Cast Nylon molded onto metal core as Gear

Common Specifications for Nylon 66 include: L-P-410 (LP410) with some exceptions, ASTM-D-4066 and ASTM-D-6779. Contact us for additional information on specifications.

This materials is…excellent wearing and very abrasion resistant. Introduced in 1938, and now one of the world’s most recognized plastic materials. Inherently dimensionally stable makes for consistent finished parts. An extremely tough material used in numerous demanding applications (like Carpet fiber and common Rope).

  • Door latches
  • Windshield wiper parts
  • Wire connectors
  • Fishing lines
  • Oil pans
  • Speedometer gears
  • Cooling fans
  • Bearings
  • Wear pads
  • Rollers
  • Sprockets

Large shapes can be produced in Cast Nylon Type 6

Materials Available As:

Nylon Sheet and Sheets:

.062″ (1/16″) – 6.0″ in Natural (Tan – Beige), Black and MD in 24″ X 48″ and up to 48″ X 96″
Nylon sheet thickness normally in stock: .125″, .187″, .250″, .375″, .500″, .625″, .750″, .875″, 1.0″, 1.250″, 1.500″, 1.750″, 2.0″, 2.250″, 2.500″, 2.750″, 3.0″, 3.50″, 3.750″, 4.0″ and thicker

Film:

.005″ – .062″ in 12″ wide in Natural (Tan – Beige), Black and MD (minimums may apply)
Nylon Rod and Rods:

.125″ – 10″ diameter in Natural (Tan – Beige), Black and MD Filled – up to 120″ lengths

Nylon rod diameters normally in stock:
.125″, .187″, .250″, .312″, .375″, .437″, .500″, .562″, .625″, .750″, .875″, 1.0″, 1.125″, 1.250″, 1.375″, 1.500″, 1.625″, 1.750″, 2.0″, 2.250″, 2.500″, 2.750″, 3.0″, 3.250″, 3.50″, 3.750″, 4.0″, 4.50″, 5.0″ and much larger depending on length

Cast Nylon Type 6 Rod and Rods:

2.0″ – 26″ diameter in Natural (Tan – Beige), Blue, Oil Filled, MD Filled, FDA grade, Black and other specialty formulations. Various lengths and sizes including 120″ lengths in some sizes.

Cast Nylon Type 6 Blocks and Near Net Shapes:

This is hard to quantify, as we can produce from small to massive blocks and ‘near net shapes’ in a limitless range of sizes. Simply let us know the size and shape you are looking for, and we will do our best to produce a Cast Nylon Part that size. Cast Nylon is available in Natural (Tan – Beige), Blue, Oil Filled, MD Filled, FDA grade, Black and other specialty formulations.

Large Cast Blocks and Discs:

Use your imagination! Discs – 2.0″ x 72″ diameter in Natural (Tan – Beige), Blue, Oil Filled, MD Filled, FDA grade, Black and other specialty formulations. Many shapes are available in thicknesses up to 14″. Please give us a call, we have supplied huge blocks and large chunks.
Cast Tube (Tubular Bar):

You read that right – tube. 2.0″ – 36″ OD with a huge variety of wall thicknesses. The lengths depend on the wall thickness, but generally up to 48″ long. These Cast Nylon Tubes are available in Natural (Tan – Beige), Blue, Oil Filled, MD Filled, FDA grade, Black and other specialty formulations.

Special Formulations:

Nylon Massive Blocks, Huge Sheave, Near Net Shapes – Nylon – Polyamide Glass Reinforced in various percentages of glass, Oil Filled, FDA approved Oil Filled, MD Filled, Blue, Type 6, Type 6/12. Custom sizes, formulations and colors. Massive and Near-Net Shapes on special request. Rod and Rods are available up to 120″ long in huge diameters. Sheet sizes up to 48″ X 96″ in most varieties. Give us a try, we can probably do what you need.
These Properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed or implied.

Typical Resin Properties for Nylon 6/6 and Nylon Type 6

These properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.

Noryl® PPO

Noryl® PPO

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Noryl – PPO – Polyphenylene Oxide

Sheet and Rod

Noryl® PPO material is used frequently in fluid handling applications due to the very low moisture absorption.

Noryl is similar to Acetal and P.E.T. but carries a better UL rating.

Noryl rods and Noryl sheets are in stock and available in a number of sizes in black. It is great for electrical applications requiring high die-electric strength. Noryl is a trade name of Sabic Plastics (formerly GE Plastics).

Noryl is a High Tech Performance Plastic.

Why you should use Noryl®:

  • It has excellent electrical properties
  • It has excellent Fire Retardant Rating
  • Has extremely low water absorption
  • It is vacuum formable, machinable and bondable
  • Has good temperature resistance
  • Readily available in Sheet or Rod
  • Noryl is ITAR compliant, and Noryl is RoHS compliant

Noryl PPO Machined Nozzle

This material is a strong engineering plastic with excellent mechanical, thermal and electrical properties. One of the lowest moisture absorption material, with very low thermal expansion. PPO also retains most of its flexural and tensile strength as well as its resistance to creep at elevated temperatures.

Frequently used in:

  • Fluid Handling, Pump and Valve – Low Moisture Parts
  • Electrical Housings, Cases and Components
  • Instrumentation and Semiconductor Components
  • High Continuous Temperature Environments (185 degrees F ; 265 degrees F)
  • Flame Retardant Parts Needing UL-94 V-1 (at .058″ thickness)

Noryl is an easy to machine performance plastic

Materials Available As

Noryl Sheet:

.060″ – 6″ thick in 48″ X 96″ Sheets – EN-265 (Black only)

1/8″, 3/16″, and 1/4″ in 48″ X 96″ with Haircell finish one side in EN-185 (White or Black)

Film: .002″ – .029″ in up to 26″ wide rolls on special order basis

Noryl Rod: 1/8″ – 8″ diameter up to 96″ lengths

Special Formulations:

Glass Filled, Static Dissipative, Custom sizes, or Formulations

Typical Resin Properties for Noryl PPO

These properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.

Laminates – Phenolics

Laminates – Phenolics

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Laminates and Industrial Thermosets (Phenolics)

Thermosets (Paper, Canvas, Linen), Epoxy, G-10, FR-4, FR-5 , GPO, Melamine, Silicone and more

These materials were originally invented by Dr. Leo Baekeland in 1907. First called Bakelite, it is claimed to be the first synthetic thermoset plastic material. Several other base and resin materials are also available; Polyester, Melamine, Nylon and more.

This high temperature resistant material has been used in numerous applications for over 100 years. Other laminate trade names: Phenolic, Micarta®, Phenolfab®, Phenolkraft®, Ryertex®, Garolite®, Spauldite® and Texolite®. Please call with additional questions or specification assistance, or contact us here.

Canvas, Paper and Linen based Phenolic sheet

Grades Available:

Paper Base Laminates;

(X, XX, XXX, XP) – Composed of layers of paper base impregnated with a phenolic resin binder. It has excellent electrical properties with fair mechanical strength. Outstanding for use as a template material or backup stock material. It can certify to NEMA XX (in XX Grade), and MIL-I-24768/10 or 11

Canvas Base Laminates;

(C and CE) – This grade is composed of a continuous cotton woven cloth impregnated with a phenolic resin binder. This grade contains a medium weave canvas fabric and is known primarily for it’s mechanical properties. Not recommended for primary insulation. It can certify to NEMA C/CE, and MIL-I-24768/14 or 16

Linen Base Laminates;

(L and LE) – This grade contains a fine weave linen, and like canvas phenolic, is known for it’s mechanical properties. The finer weave allows for machining more intricate details than the Canvas, ie: small gear teeth. It can certify to NEMA L/LE, and MIL-I-24768/13 or 15

G-10 / FR4 Laminates;

(G-10 and G-10 FR4) – The most versatile all-around laminate, this grade is comprised of layers of a continuous glass woven fabric base impregnated with an epoxy resin binder. It has extremely high mechanical strength, good dielectric loss properties, both wet and dry. Extremely abrasive while machining, diamond tooling is recommended. It can certify to NEMA FR4, and MIL-I-24768/27

Phenolics and Laminates are ITAR compliant, and Phenolics and Laminates are RoHS compliant

Laminates Applications

RelaysSwitchesSocketsStandoffsWashers
Test boardsTerminal stripsCondensersCoilsArc Shields
Circuit boardsGasketsFusesTransformer Panels

Phenolic Applications

PinionsAircraiftSeals & GasketsMotor housingsRadio terminal boards
BushingsInsulating washersMarine switchboard panelsThermostat housingAuto ignition components
Punch partsCommunication instrumentsHandles for pots and pansKnife handles

Laminate Availability:

Sheet, Rod and Tube:
Sheets

.005″ -4″ thick,
Rods

From .125″- 10″ diameter
Tubing – Call us

A huge variety of sizes are available depending on grade. Call for detailed availability on your requirement.

Also available: Polyester, Nylon and Melamine Resisns and other Specialty Grades.

GradeCertifies ToIndustrial Type of Material
XMil- I- 24768/12 PBMIndustrial thermoset (Paper Grade Laminate) Superior Mechanical Properties for paper grade
XXMil- I- 24768/11 PBGIndustrial thermoset (Paper Grade Laminate)
XXXMil- I- 24768/10 PBEIndustrial thermoset (Paper Grade Laminate) Best Electrical Properties for paper grade
CMil- I- 24768/16 FBMIndustrial thermoset (Canvas Cotton Grade Laminate)
CEMil- I- 24768/14 FBMIndustrial thermoset (Canvas Cotton Grade Laminate)
LMil- I- 24768/15 FBIIndustrial thermoset (Linen Grade Laminate)
LEMil- I- 24768/13 FBEIndustrial thermoset (Linen Grade Laminate)
G-10Mil- I- 24768/ 2 GEEIndustrial thermoset (Glass-cloth reinforced Epoxy)
FR-4Mil- I- 24768/ 27 GEE-FIndustrial thermoset (Glass-cloth reinforced Epoxy) Fire Retardant Grade of G-10
G-11Mil- I- 24768/3 GEBIndustrial thermoset (Glass-cloth reinforced Epoxy)
FR-5Mil- I- 24768/28 GEB-FIndustrial thermoset (Glass-cloth reinforced Epoxy)Fire Retardant Grade of G-11
G5Mil- I- 24768/8 GMGIndustrial thermoset (Glass-cloth reinforced Melamine)
G9Mil- I- 24768/1 GMEIndustrial thermoset (Glass-cloth reinforced Melamine)
G7Mil- I- 24768/17 GSGIndustrial thermoset (Glass-cloth reinforced Silicone)
GPO-1Mil- I- 24768/4 GPO1Industrial thermoset (Glass-mat reinforced Polyester)
GPO-2Mil- I- 24768/ 5 GPO2Industrial thermoset (Glass-mat reinforced Polyester)
GPO-3Mil- I- 24768/6 GPO3Industrial thermoset (Glass-mat reinforced Polyester)

These properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.