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Polymers
Material Properties Uses
Acrylic Durable Making models, shop sign
Chemical resistant lettering
Easy to shape
Excellent aesthetic
properties
Polyethylene Barrier to atmospheric Fizzy drinks, highly flavoured
terephthalate (PET) gases food, microwavable food
No flavour trays
Clear appearance
Tough
lightweight
Polyvinyl chloride Weather resistant Packaging for toiletries,
(PVC) Chemical resistant pharmaceutical products,
Strong food and confectionery, water
Can be rigid or flexible and fruit juices
Polypropylene (PP) Lightweight Food packaging and
Rigid laminating paper and board
Chemical resistant
Stiff or flexible
Low moisture
absorption
Polystyrene (PS) Impact resistant Food packaging, CD cases
Rigid (rigid)
Lightweight Egg cartons, fruit, vegetable
Low water absorption and meat trays, cups
Durable (expanded) (expanded)
Good heat insulation
(expanded)
Styrofoam Very rigid Insulating buildings, modelling
Easy to cut and shape material
Can be glued using
PVA
Smooth surface when
sanded
Can be painted

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