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Material Selection Guide

Amorphous
Applications Features Trade Names Chemical Name Abbreviation
Lenses
Lighting
Optical
High clarity
Good impact resistance
Plexiglas
Cyro
Polymethyl methacrylate (Acrylic) PMMA
Windows
Visors
Face Shields
Good clarity
High impact resistance
Makrolon
Lexan
Polycarbonate PC
Automotive panels
Electronic Housings
Good weather resistance
High impact resistance
Lustran
Centrex
Cycolac
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene ABS
CD and DVD Cases
Packaging
Food Containers
Translucent or Opaque
Food Grade Available
Living Hinges
Styrofoam
Styron
Polystyrene PS
Semi-Crystalline
Applications Features Trade Names Chemical Name Abbreviation
Packaging Containers
FDA grades available
Good balance of toughness and stress-crack resistance Dow
HiFill
Ineos
Sabic
High Density Polyethylene HDPE
Outdoor
Construction
High impact resistance
Good Weatherability
Geon Polyvinyl Chloride PVC
Living Hinges
Containers
Bottle tops
Good heat resistance
Flexibility
Profax
Hival
Polypropylene PP
Automotive
Sporting goods
Super tough
Good chemical resistance
High impact resistance
Zytel
Vydyne
Nypel
Ultramid
Polyamide
(Nylon)
PA
Insulator for electronics Semi-rigid
Impact resistant
Barrier material
Celanex
Crastin
Valox
Polybutylene terephthalate PBT
Bottles Semi-rigid
Impact resistant
Barrier material
Rynite Polyethylene terephthalate PET
Bearings
Handles
Guitar Picks
High Stiffness
Low Friction
Chemical Resistence
Delrin
Celcon
Polyoxymethylene
(Acetal)
POM

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