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Thermoplastics - different types, comparison and uses

Plastics fit into two categories - Thermoplastics and Thermosetting plastics. These two have different properties and therefore the type of plastic used depends on the use and product.

The difference between Thermoplastics and Thermosetting plastics?:

Ther difference between these two types of plastics is that Thermoplastics can be heated and shaped over and over again - Thermosetting plastics can only be heated and shaped once.

Thermoplastics .... Thermosetting plastics

Key points and basics:

- All the different types of plastic fall into the two categories above.
- Products used with heat (e.g. cooker knobs) are made using Thermosetting.
- Thermoplastic = heated & re-shaped - Thermosetting = no re-shaping.

Common Thermoplastics & Thermosetting and there uses:


Products and properties of Thermoplastics.


Thermosetting Plastics:

Thermosetting plastics, products and properties.

Other websites and resources worth a look!:

BBC Bitesize - Design & Technology

















Thermosetting Plastics

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