Materials Comparison Chart

Material

Appearances

Features

Secondary Capabilities

Acetal

(Copolymer)

(Homopolymer)

Opaque/ Can be Colored – Good Toughness

– Superior Abrasion Resistance

– Contains Internal Lubricant

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

Acrylic Clear, Transparent Tints or Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored – Good Chemical Resistance

– Good Contact Clarity

– Impact Modified

– Excellent Toughness Grade

– Good Exterior Properties

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

Acrylonitrile Butadiene- Styrene

(ABS)

Opaque/ Red – Excellent Toughness

– Good Formability

– High Gloss Finish

– Good Stiffness

– High Impact Strength

– Good Low Temp Properties

– Good Chemical Resistance

– Flame Retardant

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

Cellulose Acetate Butyrate

(Butyrate)

Clear, Transparent Tints or Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored – Excellent Clarity

– Good Toughness

– Excellent Printability

– Good Stiffness

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chlorided

(CPVC)

Off-white/Grey – High Heat Deflection Temperature

– High Impact Strength

-Good Dimensional Stability

– High Rigidity

– Good Chemica Resistnace

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

Copolyester

(PETG)

Clear, Transparent Tints or Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored – Good Impact Strength

– High Flex Modulus

– Good Chemical Resistance

– Good Toughness

– High Clarity

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

Ethylene Vinyl Acetate

(EVA)

Translucent/ Can be Colored – Good Flexibility

– Good Toughness

– Good Memory Retention

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Punched

– Sealed

Polycarbonate Transparent/ Can be Colored – UV Grade

– FDA Grade

– High Impact Strength

– Good Electrical Properties

– Good Dimensional Stability

– High Rigidity

– Excellent Clarity

– Good Surface Gloss

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

Polyester Opaque / Can be Colored – Good Toughness

– Superior Abrasion Resistance

– Contains Internal Lubricant

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

Polyethermide Opaque/ Can be Colored – Exceptional Strength and Modulus

– Flame Retardant

– High Dielectric Strength

– Good Chemical Resistance

– Excellent Machinabilty

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

Polyethylene

(HDPE)

Opaque/ Can be Colored – Moderate Stiffness

– Stress Crack Resistance

– Excellent Electrical Properties

– Good Chemical Resistance

– Abrasion Resistant

– Cost Effective

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

Polyethylene

(LDPE)

Opaque/ Can be Colored – Excellent Electrical Properties

– Excellent Toughness

– High Gloss Finish

– Cost Effective

– Good Durability

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

Polyphenylene Opaque/ Can be Colored – Excellent Impact Resistance

– Excellent Toughness

– Flame Retardant

– Low Water Absorption

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

Polypropylene

(Copolymer)

(Hompolymer)

Opaque/ Can be Colored – Good Stiffness

– Good Impact Strength

– Excellent Toughness

– High Resistance to Solvents

– Living Hinge

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

Polystyrene

(Crystal)

Clear, Transparent Tints or Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored – Good Stiffness

– Good Clarity

– Low Impact Strength

– Cost Effective

– Excellent Printability

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

Polystyrene

(High Impact)

Clear, Transparent Tints or Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored – Good Stiffness

– Cost Effective

– High Impact Strength

– Excellent Printability

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

Polysulfone Translucent / Can be Colored – High Tensile Strength

– High Modulus

– Good Chemical Resistance

– FDA Approved

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

Polyurethane

(Ester)

(Ether)

Translucent/ Can be Colored – Cut Resistant

– UV Grade

– Good Clarity

– Contains Internal Lubricant

– Heat Resistant

– Good Abrasion Resistance

– Good Chemical Resistance

– Low Temperature Flexibility

– Oil Resistant

– Good Tear Strength

– Good Toughness

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

– Sealed

Polyvinyl Chloride

(Rigid PVC)

Clear, Transparent Tints and Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored – Good Impact Strength

– Good Clarity

– Good Toughness

– Excellent Thermal Stability

– Exterior Grade

– Interior Grade

– FDA Grade

– Excellent Printability

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

Polyvinyl Chloride

(Flexible PVC)

Blended in-house

Clear, Transparent Tints and Translucent to Opaque Colors/ Can be Colored – Good for Industrial Applications

– Good Chemical Resistance

– FDA Approved for Medical Applications

– Flexibility from 60 to 90 Shore A Scale

– Finishes can vary

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

Thermoplastic Rubber

(TPR)

Tan/ Can be Colored – Excellent Flex Fatigue

– Flame Retardant

– Good Weather Resistance

– Good Memory Retention

– Excellent Wear Resistance

– Good Chemical Resistance

– Sawed

– Drilled

– Routed

– Punched

– Sealed

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