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.

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:


Thermosetting Plastics:

Other websites and resources worth a look!:

BBC Bitesize – Design & Technology