Thermoplastic materials as a construction material have a lot to offer in a wide variety of applications. They are available in a broad range of base polymers and can be tuned to meet specific requirements by including additives. Depending on the plastic concerned, the benefits of thermoplastic materials include their high strength to weight ratio, non-conductive properties, flexibility and chemical resistance.
To make optimal use of the inherent characteristics of thermoplastic materials, one must be aware that there are specific guidelines for designing with plastics. By applying these guidelines consistently, the result will be a part that can be mass-produced smoothly and lives up to the expectations in terms of dimensions, properties and appearance.