What is High Impact Polystyrene used for?

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As one of the most versatile thermoplastics on the market, the list of high impact polystyrene uses is endless. Here at Eagle Plastics, we are proud to be specialised high impact polystyrene sheet suppliers, and have the materials and equipment to be able to accommodate a wide variety of applications.

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What is High Impact Polystyrene?

High Impact Polystyrene, commonly known as HIPS, is a rubber modified version of General Purpose Polystyrene. The addition of rubber makes the thermoplastic incredibly durable, with a much higher impact resistance than its former compound. Like all thermoplastics, the material can become soft and pliable when heated, and re-solidify upon cooling. These factors alone make HIPS a great material to manufacture components with.

Properties of High Impact Polystyrene

HIPS has many different properties that allow for a wide range of uses and applications for the thermoplastic. With more rubber content, the material can easily undergo manufacturing processes such as vacuum forming, and easily bends and moulds whilst retaining its durability. Its properties do not weaken once re-moulded either; making it very reliable. Due to its amorphous properties, HIPS can be painted – making it great for design purposes that require strong aesthetics.

High Impact Polystyrene uses

Due to the vast amount of properties the thermoplastic can offer, there are many different high impact polystyrene uses. Thanks to its strength and durability, the thermoplastic is ideal for marketing purposes and is often used for Point of Sale displays, handling trays, and promotional signage. It can also be used for thermoformed machine housing and parts, model making and plastic toys. In addition to this, the thermoplastic is commonly used to make bathroom cabinets and enclosures.

HIPS at Eagle Plastics

Here at Eagle Plastics, we can provide high-quality high impact polystyrene sheets in a wide range of sizes and thicknesses, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll be able to find the exact sheeting you need with us. If you are looking for a specific measurement of HIPS sheeting, you can also take advantage of our bespoke service, where we can create custom-made measurements of thermoplastic sheeting.

Contact Eagle Plastics today

If you would like to find our more information about high impact polystyrene uses then head to our website today. Alternatively, you can call 0116 276 6363 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.