So…You have a project. You’ve decided that you’re going to use “plastic” for it. Ok, which kind?
Sometimes it’s obvious. Plastic “do-it-yourselfer” applications that involve piping probably involve PVC since it’s so readily available and inexpensive compared to the alternatives. Same goes for acrylic or polycarbonate – the two primary clear (glazing) plastics. But sometimes there are more choices especially as the application becomes more vague. Common plastic applications taken on by amateurs include wear strips, bumpers, sheaves, pulleys, wheels, shock absorbers, ramps, bushings and everything else you can think of. With the array of industrial plastics available these days – how do you select the right plastic?
Well, the easiest way is just to ask. A reputable distributor will be able to take your information and make a recommendation; however, the more information you bring to the representative – the more he or she can help you. Many of the questions you ask should be the same as any of our industrial customers would ask. And we can help you out right here!
Questions you should know the answer to before approaching the plastic distributor:
What is the project?
What is the operating environment? (temperature, any chemical or weather exposure – exposure to UV light is of special concern)
What load or pressure does it bear?
What properties are important in your application? (stiffness, ease of machining, low friction, high friction, etc)
What is your budget?
Based on that information we can help you select a material that will suit your project’s needs.
For more information contact Redwood Plastics.