A critical specification for outdoor thermoforming applications is weatherability. Elements of the formed part such as color and the integrity of the part itself can be compromised when exposed to the sometimes-harsh forces of Mother Nature. Snow, sleet, rain, extreme heat or cold, and prolonged exposure to the sun can all negatively affect the formed part. As a result, concerns regarding aesthetics and design functionality become especially important when designing a part for outdoor applications because there are different variables and conditions to consider. Continue reading to learn more about how you can protect your thermoformed part from the outdoor elements.
In our most recent post in the “Learn More About your Plastic Sheet” blog series we featured our extruded TPO and highlighted some of the characteristics and attributes of the material. Today, we will switch gears to discuss a very diverse polymer that is used in a variety of end use markets from household appliances, to automotive interiors, to construction tool sets and electronics – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS).
The versatility of ABS allows this material to find a home in many unexpected niche markets, and different grades of this material can be specifically engineered to satisfy specialty applications. In this blog we expand upon on the unique properties of ABS that allow it to find a home in such a wide variety of end-use markets.