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Chemical compound for ABS

Homopolymers, Copolymers, and the Chemistry of Plastic Parts

Posted On May 27, 2022 By Protolabs
Hey! Who’s a fan of organic chemistry? [crickets] OK, you may not have liked studying it, but without those chains of carbon-based molecules life would be rough. So here at Protolabs we’re all about paying our respects to those special groups of bonded atoms called polymers.
Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE)

Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE) for Injection Molding

Posted On April 12, 2022 By Protolabs
Thermoplastic elastomers come in a variety of formulations, and each is unique in its own way. That makes picking the right one an important task among many when you are designing your parts.
1018 vs. 4140 Steel material blocks

1018 vs. 4140 Steel: Choosing Between Two Great Metals

Posted On March 1, 2022 By Protolabs
1018 and 4140 steel are two popular material choices. Here are factors to consider when choosing between the two.
Nylon vs Delrin

Nylon vs. Delrin: Strong, Durable Materials Ideal for High-Wear Applications

Posted On December 23, 2021 By Protolabs
These hard, versatile materials are perfect for use in projects that require high resistance to wear, abrasion, and chemicals.
Titanium part for Helix’s folding bike frame

Lightweight Yet Durable Titanium Great Option for Aerospace Parts

Posted On September 21, 2020 By Nicole Hopper
Titanium Grade 5 6Al-4V’s strength and temperature, corrosion resistance make it an ideal material choice for aerospace and defense applications.
Inconel 718

Inconel 718: A Workhorse Material for Additive Manufacturing

Posted On August 11, 2020 By Rachel Hunt
Inconel 718 is a go-to material for additive manufacturing of metal parts.
Polypropylene Part

PP Natural Delivers Real Polypropylene for 3D Printing Use

Posted On July 24, 2020 By Protolabs
3D printed parts can now be made in real polypropylene using selective laser sintering.
Fluid handling microfluidics part

VALOX 357 Boasts Strong Chemical, Heat Resistance for Plastic Parts

Posted On June 24, 2020 By Nicole Hopper
The Polybutylene Terephthalate’s strong resistance, stability, and processability make it a versatile plastic useful in a variety industries.
Glass-filled thermoplastic part

Fortron 1140L4 PPS Offers High Strength, Resistance for Molded Parts

Posted On April 27, 2020 By Nicole Hopper
Fortron’s heat and chemical resistance, electrical properties, and rigidity make it an ideal plastic for the automotive or electronic industries.
Lexan 940 for injection molding

Lexan 940 Offers Good Looks and Strength for Molded Parts

Posted On March 27, 2020 By Steve Konick
Lexan 940 resin continues to be a staple polycarbonate (PC) used for injection molding.