Sometimes a little inspiration doesn’t hurt, especially when you’re a member of the DIY (“Do It Yourself”) community who searches out new projects. On this blog we like to highlight particular applications people are doing but sometimes you just wonder in what type of projects should I use certain plastics? Well, when you search out content like we do for so long – you can bet we see some patterns!
Readily available and extremely versatile, with DIY projects UHMW is often used to provide slickness or wear resistance.
- Snowmobile skids
- Axe or blade sheaths
- Jet boat bottoms or wear pads
- Boat trailer support pads
- Custom cutting board for outdoor kitchens
Scratch and weather resistant it is easy to get a hold of in clear, much more difficult to find in colors or frosted. Good for artistic projects.
- Art covers or flower presses
- Table tops
- glass substitution
Polycarbonate (twin or multi-wall)
Polycarbonate is not scratch resistant but it is very impact resistant. Any reputable distributor will sell UV-stable twin/multi wall polycarbonate sheet as UV-stability in the product is mostly standard. Also, if stocked, multi-wall polycarbonate is quite inexpensive compared to other plastic sheets.
- Safety glass
Nylon is a strong, engineering plastic with excellent load bearing capabilities.
- Homemade bushings
Acetal is a very hard plastic and often replaces metal parts. It machines very well and can replace nylon in “wet” applications since it doesn’t absorb water.
- Marine components
- Guitar picks
- Paintball gun bolts
Fiberglass wall panel
FRP wall panel is a CFIA/FDA approved sheet for lining the walls of food processing applications. It’s also used in gas stations.
- Mud room lining
- Workshop lining
- Pet area lining
PVC (Pipe & Joiners)
PVC is one of the most affordable, easy to procure, and versatile plastics people can use for DIY projects. The creativity we see with it is endless!
- Water sprinkler play zones
- Bolus games
- Outdoor movie screens
- Pet bird perches
There are countless other applications that could be done with those applications! And if you have questions, we’ll try to help if we can. Just email us here.