Thermoplastics vs Metal: Which is better?

When making equipment or parts, you’ll probably be faced with the question of the materials you’re going to use for each piece. Most often you’ll be choosing between metal and plastics (like thermoplastics). 

Today, we’re going to share why you may want to choose thermoplastics over metal:

Corrosion and chemical resistance: We all know how easily metal can corrode when exposed to chemicals and weather. You can delay metal corrosion with regular cleaning maintenance or a coat of corrosion-resistant paint, but that gets costly. 

Instead, thermoplastics have high chemical and corrosion resistance. They require less frequent maintenance and will withstand even the harshest conditions better than their metal counterparts.

Weight: Thermoplastics are significantly lighter weight than metal. This means you add less strain on your equipment because your parts are lighter. It also means that costs to ship the parts can be drastically reduced. Not to mention if you’re using thermoplastic parts in equipment that needs to be moved or shipped, you’ll save money (and muscle strain) too. 

Cost: Thermoplastics are cheaper to produce than an equivalently sized metal component. Being cheaper doesn’t mean weaker though. Thermoplastic parts can stand up similarly or better than the same part made from a metal alloy. 

If you’re planning to replace parts in your equipment this year, consider getting them created from thermoplastics instead. They’re stronger and longer lasting than parts of metal so you’ll save initial purchase costs and the long-term costs of maintaining them too. Talk to our team about the thermoplastic parts you need and we can help you make them in thermoplastic. 

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