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Kintz's engineering department works with a wide range of plastics and extruders. The appropriate plastic for a part can be determined by looking at performance and appearance factors.

• Rigid or flexible
• Appearance
• Cost
• Finish Options
• Conductivity
• Compatibility
• Weight


Resins to Consider: These are the more common materials used in thermoforming.

HIPS (High-Impact Polystyrene)

ASA (Acrylic Styrene Acrylonitrite)

ABS (Acronitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) and ABS blends


PC (Polycarbonate)

HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)

HMWPE (High Molecular Weight Polyethylene)

TPO (Thermoplastic Poly-Olefin)

PVC Alloys (Flame Rated Polyvinyl Chloride)

Conductive Plastics

PETG (Polyester Terephthalate Glycol)

Thickness: These materials can be obtained in sheet form as thin as .001-inch in some materials, or as thick as .600-inch on other materials. Most standard-sized parts produced on single stage or rotary pressure forming machines use plastic stock in the range of .062 to .375-inch gauge.

Selecting a Resin: Each plastic resin has physical characterizes that make it suitable for specific applications. Kintz has worked with nearly every type of plastic, so the Kintz engineering staff can recommend a specific base material based on several factors.