MATERIALS & RESINS
Choosing the appropriate plastic material for your application is an essential step in developing a successful finished part. Each material has its own characteristics, properties, and strengths. Therefore, there are many factors that can influence material selection, ranging from performance to appearance to cost. By working with you to understand the parameters of your project, we’re able to help you choose the best, most-cost effective method to achieve your goals and meet regulations. Brentwood has experience working with highly engineered and blended material for applications such as mass transit, aerospace, and the military. We’re able to produce material ranging in thickness from 0.01 to 0.50 inches and up to 14 feet long.
Best for: Precision parts
Polyethylene terephthalate works well for applications that require precision without sacrificing structural integrity. This especially true for applications that require deep draws, complex die cuts, and precise details.
Best for: Opaque products that require durability
This material provides a clean and durable alternative to HIPS for opaque product applications.
Best for: High impact applications
High Impact Polystyrene is a versatile and cost-effective material that is easy to form. Despite its name, HIPS actually provides low impact resistance when compared with other thermoformable materials, as it simply has a higher impact rating than other materials in the polystyrene family.
Best for: High temperature and chemical applications
This material offers outstanding thermal resistance, high strength and stiffness, and broad chemical resistance.
Best for: Moisture resistance
Polypropylene is a cost-effective material that features high flexural and impact strength and is very resistant to absorbing moisture.
Best for: Wide temperature resistance with high clarity
Polycarbonate is extremely durable over a wide temperature range and provides exceptional impact resistance. It also offers high clarity, making it an ideal choice for transparent parts.
Best for: High impact and abrasion resistance
High-density Polyethylene is stronger and stiffer than standard polyethylene with good impact and abrasion resistance.
Best for: High impact, moisture and chemical resistance
Low-density Polyethylene is largely resistant to impact, moisture, and chemicals.
Best for: Harsh thermal, chemical, and ultraviolet conditions
Polyvinylidene fluoride is tough material capable of withstanding exposure to harsh thermal, chemical, and ultraviolet conditions.
Best for: High stiffness and versatility
This material is manufactured by combining three different compounds: acrylonitrile, butadiene, and styrene. In addition to its high stiffness factor and creep resistance, ABS is one of the most versatile plastics available.
Best for: High impact and flame-retardant applications
Polyvinyl chloride is stiffer than ABS and features high impact strength and natural flame-retardant qualities.
Best for: High impact and chemical resistant
Thermoplastic Polyolefin is a compounded alloy containing rubber, a blend of polypropylene, and a reinforcing filler. It is a great replacement for metal parts as it provides high impact and chemical resistance.
Depending on your material selection and project requirements, it may be necessary to cap the chosen material with a film. Films can be protective – to ensure that the material will be durable and long-lasting – or decorative – to enhance aesthetics.