Thermoplastic materials are materials that can be homogenous and heterogeneous in their makeup. They melt and can be reformed when heated which makes them more suitable for recycling. Unique properties can be achieved when blending thermoplastics, co-extruding, or by including special property enhancing additives.
Thermoplastics can be manufactured and fabricated using several standard methods. Most thermoplastic sheet and film is produced using an extrusion process. Some sheet materials, such as acrylic, can also be produced by cast methods. Nearly any sheet thermoplastic material can be formed by using thermoforming, vacuum forming, or cold forming methods. Thermoplastics with or without reinforcement can also be injection molded into complicated shapes with features not achievable through standard machining. Today’s modern formulations and injection molding equipment allow for the development of six sigma capability on even the most complex parts.
The standard classification of thermoplastic materials can be found in ASTM D-4000 and is limited to just under 100 standard grades. However, the brand name and derivative grades that come from these 100 thermoplastic families can seem almost endless due to the infinite number of combinations of additives, reinforcements, and polymer blending that can occur. The Gund Company offers a variety of thermoplastic materials that meet the demanding electrical and mechanical needs of your specific application. Thermoplastic materials from The Gund Company include well-known brand names as well as more generic trade names. Contact one of our material specialists today if you have specific material questions or have interest in a material that is not listed below.
|Brand Name||Generic Name|
|Delrin®||Acetal, Polyoxymethylene (POM)|
|Plexiglas®||Acrylic Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)|
|Nylon 66||Polyamide (PA)|
|Palram Palsun®||Polycarbonate (PC)|
|Valox®||Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate Blend|
|Mylar®||Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)|
|Melinex®||Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)|
|PolyPro FR®||Polypropylene (PP)|
|Kynar®||Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)|
|Statex®||Static Dissipative Polypropylene|
The Gund Company is a vertically integrated manufacturer and fabricator of engineered material solutions. Since 1951, we have listened to our customers and learned about the demanding operating environments of their industries. We are AS9100C Certified and ITAR Compliant. Our custom fabricated parts are manufactured according to ISO 9001:2008 certified quality systems.
We understand the challenges of material selection and the demanding operating environment of your application. Our Application Engineering Team takes a consultative approach to understanding your requirements. By relying on our material specialists, our customers gain valuable insight into how to improve component designs to increase efficiency and functionality while reducing cost. In addition to helping with material selection, we challenge ourselves to optimize production for material yield or fabrication efficiency. As a lean enterprise, we are focused on continuous improvement and finding the most cost-effective, efficient solutions for our customers.
Please contact us today if we can help answer material property questions or provide an application specific quote. Thank you for the opportunity to earn your business.