PET ( poly ethylene terephthalate)
characteristics- moderate chemical resistance, mainly used in transparent form
uses- drink bottles, food containers
HDPE( high density poly ethylene)
characteristics- strong and stiff which excellent chemical resistance. another popular plastic which is coloured with a good finish
uses- crates, bowls, buckets and pipes
PVC ( poly vinyl chloride)
characteristics- good chemical and weather resistance, available in a number of forms such as uPVC which is touch, stiff, lightweight and can be coloured, plasticised PVC is flexible
uses-pipes, guttering, window frames, bottles, flexible hoses, cable insulation
LDPE ( lower density poly ethylene)
characteristics-tough and flexible with good chemical resistance. a popular plastic that is easily coloured and gives a very smooth finish.
uses- detergent and shampoo bottles, toys, carrier bags and transparent packaging
PP ( ply propylene)
characteristics-lightweight , food safe wth excellent chemical resistance. good electrical insulator
uses-food containers, string, rope, medical equiptment, kitchenware.
characteristics- available in different forms such as : expanded - lightweight packaging, conventional- light, hard, popular for vacumm forming in school and for food packaging, toughened- increased impact strenght
HIPS( high impact polystyrene)
characteristics- good stiffness and impact resistance. lightweight
uses- toys, refrigerator linings.
PMMA( poly-methylmeth- acrylate) aka acrylic
characteristics- tough, can be machined, but can be brittle, readily available and food safe.
uses-light units, shop signs and car parts.
Nylon ( polyamide)
characteristics- hard, tough and resistant to wear. low friction
uses- bearings, gears and clothing
ABS ( Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
characteristics- high impact strength, lightweight, durabe and scratch resistant
uses- kitchen products, mobile phone cases, toys and safety hats.