Plastics are widely used during engineering processes. Acrylic can be cut using CNC machinery for accuracy, to create a variety of products and uses such as protection or anti-riot shields in buses, taxis and banks. It can be found in showers and small cubicle accessories as well as wheelchair components.
In addition to CNC milling and turning, plastics can be engineered to make prototypes which are quick to produce and help make qualitative production and marketing decisions.
These days Computer Aided Design (CAD) is used to produce 3D models out of plastics and provides a reference database for each job.
Engineering plastics are gradually replacing traditional materials such as metals or wood, as a lighter, more durable, and flexible alternative.
Thermoplastics can equal or surpass wood, and metals in terms of their weight (lighter) and strength (stronger), as well as generally being more malleable to fabricate into complicated shapes.
Engineering plastics include Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), which due to its combined strength and rigidity made it ideal for car components such as dashboards and dashboard trims.
Each engineering plastic has its own unique set of characteristics and properties that make it the material of choice for that specific application. Some of their advantages include heat resistance, mechanical strength, chemical stability and rigidity.
Engineering plastics include;
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