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Which Plastic Material is Used in Lego Sets?

Posted by Linda Jablanski on Tue, Mar 31,2015 @ 12:01 PM

About 4 years ago, the first Lego set entered our house.   I think it started with a present for the first birthday party that my son was invited too.  After that, it was only a matter of time before I gave in to my son’s pleas for a Lego set of his very own.  I admit that, over the years, I have enabled my son’s Lego addiction.  Yes, you read that right, addiction.  My most recent enabling gift, this past Christmas, was a remote control train set built of Legos. 

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How Do Engineers Evaluate Plastic Materials and Material Strength?

Posted by Barbara Gerard on Tue, Mar 24,2015 @ 12:33 PM

When evaluating a material for use in a particular application, engineers usually look first at the material properties data sheet or material data sheet for short.  These are available on-line for most plastic materials.  This sheet will give typical values for a variety of properties. Usually it will include values for physical properties and mechanical properties as well as thermal and electrical properties. Typically, the material properties data sheet will include what ASTM, ISO or UL test was used at to arrive at the value and the units the value is given in as well as the data.  An example might be that the density of a particular material was determined by ASTM D792* and the value is given in lb/in2 or g/cm3. Here we will take a closer look at some of the mechanical properties used to evaluate material strength.

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10 Fun Things You Never Knew About Plastic Materials

Posted by Guest on Mon, Mar 16,2015 @ 11:13 AM

You come into contact with products made from plastic materials every day. There's the case that protects your phone, your computer keyboard, children's toys, product packaging and dishware. Why are plastics so popular these days? For starters, they are low cost when compared to most other materials.  Plastics are also very versatile, easy-to-manufacture materials. Most consumers take plastics for granted - and that's somewhat unfortunate, as plastics are cool, unique materials - and new plastics are constantly being developed. 

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The Plastics Industry vs. Mrs. Robinson: A Review of "The Graduate"

Posted by Katie Gerard on Mon, Feb 23,2015 @ 01:47 PM

In the 1967 classic film, the Graduate, recent college graduate, Ben is receiving career advice from many of his father’s friends and Mr. McGuire offers the famous line – “I have just one word for you, Ben.” Working in the plastics industry, I hear that line quoted pretty often.

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How to Choose the Best Plastic Manufacturing Supplier

Posted by Guest on Wed, Feb 04,2015 @ 01:42 PM

Plastics are greatly in demand nowadays.  Many industries, including medical, aerospace, marine, and construction may use plastic components or even raw plastic resins in the manufacture of their products.  In order to ensure a steady supply source, it is important to cultivate a strong relationship with a competent plastic manufacturer.  If you are a purchaser, you probably understand well the importance of securing high quality product in a timely and cost efficient manner.

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Put Down That Glue! 10 Powerful Plastic Welding Techniques

Posted by Guest on Tue, Jan 27,2015 @ 03:58 PM

A lot of our readers are interested in learning about the sometimes-tricky world of plastic adhesives and plastic welding.  While picking the right plastic adhesive can make you wish you’d majored in chemistry, welding is arguably the better method for fusing two plastic components.  It tends to be more effective than using glue and can be done quickly and cheaply if you have the right tools. 

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Topics: plastic welding

Why the Aerospace Industry Loves Plastic Materials

Posted by Guest on Wed, Jan 21,2015 @ 04:05 PM

Commercial flights would be a lot more expensive and modern warfare jets would pose less threat to the enemy without plastic materials. Since 1970, the use of aerospace plastics has quadrupled.  Interior components (like overhead bins), components for navigational and propulsion functions, and structural elements can all be made out of plastic components.  Military aircraft also benefit from the use of plastics. They make aircraft lighter, which extends flight range and helps the jet to evade radar detection. 

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Top 5 Reasons for Using ECTFE (Halar®) in Corrosive Environments

Posted by Guest on Wed, Jan 14,2015 @ 12:19 PM

Ethyelene Chlorotrifluoroethylene, marketed and sold under the trademark name Halar® ECTFE, is a fluorinated plastic. Developed for chemical resistance in corrosive applications and introduced in 1970, this polymer is used in many industries requiring resistance to corrosion.  Here are the top 5 reasons why!

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Plastic Wear: What Causes It and How to Avoid It

Posted by Guest on Tue, Jan 06,2015 @ 03:22 PM

Plastic wear, like friction, is a complex phenomenon. It takes place as two surfaces slide or roll against each other and the forces of relative motion gradually remove material.  Two common wear mechanisms are adhesion and abrasion. Adhesive wear occurs when mating surfaces slide against each other and fragments of one surface dislodge and adhere to the other. In a lubricated material, the resulting debris forms a fine powder on the mating surface. This is the primary wear mechanism for thermoplastics in rubbing contact.

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Topics: plastic wear

20 of the Punniest Engineering Puns You Can Find

Posted by Katie Gerard on Thu, Dec 18,2014 @ 04:35 PM

Are you rushing around, trying to get everything done before the holidays next week?  Let these engineering jokes take the edge off.  We’ve assembled a list of the punniest puns we could find with engineering professionals in mind.*  Enjoy!

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