Thermoplastic elastomers have the typical benefits of rubber, in terms of elasticity, and the same features as plastic materials.
Polymers similar to rubber, as they are extremely resilient and elastic. As plastic and unlike rubber, these thermoplastic elastomers do not require vulcanisation or polymerisation.
Benefits of TPE:
TPE can be coloured easily and are widely used in the automotive, medical, electric, household appliance industries, etc.
It is a range of thermoplastic elastomers consisting of rubber and plastic material, which are defined as vulcanised, as they undergo vulcanisation during the compounding phase. They combine flexibility and the typical properties of vulcanised rubber. They are as easy to process as thermoplastics.
Benefits of TPV:
They have multiple uses due to their hardness, elasticity, flexibility, and excellent thermoplastic properties. TPV are used in the medical and electric industries for making seals, gaskets, etc.
Polyurethane injection moulding is an extremely versatile thermoplastic polymer, whose elasticity is similar to that of rubber. Unfortunately, PUR (Polyurethane) tends to turn yellow over time, especially if it is exposed to UV radiations.
Stabilisers can avoid this problem. It can be coloured with a dark coating. It is available in various hardness levels depending on the application.
Benefits of PUR polyurethane:
It covers a wide range of manufactures and products in many industries (various types of elastics, medical products, gaskets, large hoses, etc.)