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  1. Delrin AF Blend, not for food grade applications

    Homopolymer Acetal (or Delrin) is one of the more versatile and popular plastics for job shops to machine. Acetal has great physical properties, is easy on tooling and both Homopolymer Delrin and Copolymer Acetal can be found in stock at any reputable plastics distributor. Delrin AF is an enhanced version of Acetal that can help Delrin AF parts out perform...
  2. Acetal: homopolymer (Delrin) versus copolymer, are they different?

    In my twenty plus years in the plastics industry, there have been materials there have always been materials that were easily confused or misunderstood in terms of their physical properties and/or potential applications. By far the most commonly confused and misunderstood material is Acetal. There are a myriad of reasons why this happens, from a lack of training at the...
  3. What is a near net shape?

    Nylon parts can come in all shapes and sizes. I once worked with a company that made nylon sheaves that were larger than my dining room table. The various shapes and sizes of parts widgets are made out of in nylon can many times lend itself to a near net cast nylon shape. A near net shape is simply a...
  4. Import vs. Domestic Plastics Materials

    When it comes to cars or perhaps beer, we generally associate imports with higher performance or quality craftsmanship (depending on your taste of course). For the most part, we can all find something good about our favorite import beer or perhaps a european sports or luxury car that sets them apart in our mind. In plastics, there are many companies...
  5. Why can't I get that color in plastic?

    One of the cool things about plastics over traditional materials is the variety of colors it can be made in. Everyone can relate to something that was made out of a plastic in some sort of cool color that made their product standout. In the graphics or decorative world of plastics, colors are somewhat easy to come by and are...
  6. What are the ingredients in plastics?

    Plastic materials offer a wide variety of properties and design flexibility that have made them the material of choice for making many different products. From injection molded toys to machined bearings or bushings, plastics are allowing for creative ideas to become realities in a more affordable way to solve difficult problems. There are times when a plastic material by itself...