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 UNDERSTANDING THERMOSET PLASTICS 

The following information gives an overview of the benefits of thermosetting plastics and applications and industries which have moved from metal to thermoset materials.

 

Why should engineering switch from a Metal to a Thermoset material?

Thermoset components offer important benefits over metal counterparts including lower costs, lower weight, resistance to heat and corrosion, and available molded-in tolerances and surface finishes possible.

 

 

How do Thermoset components cost less than Metal counterparts?

Thermoset components provide lower tooling costs, part consolidation, and molded-in tolerances which eliminate costly secondary machining processes.

 

What are industries that have benefitted from Metal-to-Thermoset conversion?

As an early adapter, the automotive industry has been using thermoset components for a variety of under-the-hood applications for some time. More recently, the electrical and lighting industries have enjoyed the use of thermosetting plastics due to superior dielectric strength and thermal insulation while the appliance industry has been drawn in due to higher design flexibility and part consolidation.

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Metal-to-Thermoset Conversion Benefits 

 
Lower Costs
 
Part Consolidation
 
High Strength-to-Weight Ratio
 
Superior Electric Insulation
 
High Dielectric Strength
 
Higher Dimensional Control
 
Low Thermal Conductivity
 
Low Shrinkage
 
Design Flexibility
 
Molded-in Tolerances
 
Molded-in Surface Finishes
 
Resistance to Corrosion
 
Resistance to Heat
 
Resistance to UV
 
Resistance to Water
 
Greater Specific Gravity
 

M & E Plastics LLC is experienced in determining whether thermosetting plastics are a fit for your application. To discuss your project and find out if a conversion to thermoset will meet your specifications, contact us at 1-989-875-4191 *103 or fill out a Request for Quote for a prompt reply.

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In many industries, thermosetting plastics are fast becoming a superior alternative to metal counterparts. Beneficial properties of thermosetting plastics include lower weight, resistance to heat and corrosion, and available molded-in tolerances. They often provide a more cost-effective solution because of lower tooling costs, the elimination of costly secondary machining processes and lower cost of materials.

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