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.
Choosing the right plastic for your application can be confusing, particularly if you are new to the industry. In our recent blog post, “When it Comes to material selection, not all plastics are created equal,” we gave a quick overview of the polymers that Impact extrudes, touching on their general characteristics and typical uses.
In this next blog post, we narrow our focus to discuss one of the materials we extrude in greater detail – High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS). HIPS is a very versatile, economical and tough material that exhibits good impact strength, easy processing and works very well with thermoforming processes. Below are 7 important facts about HIPS plastic: