The Invention of Plastic Materials From Parkesine to Polyester

Can you imagine life without plastic? Since World War II, plastic materials have slowly become a common element in our daily lives.  Many of the most familiar plastics are less than 100 years old.  Let’s take a look at the timeline of development for specific plastic materials.
1)      Parkesine
Invented in 1862 by Alexander Parkes, Parkesine was first made public at the Great International Exhibition in London.Read more

4 Essential Techniques for Bonding Plastic Components

There are four essential techniques for joining plastic components.  Each method is associated with equipment, labor and other costs that you most consider.  Let’s take a look at each method in more detail.
1)     Mechanical Fastening
Mechanical fasteners such as rivets, screws, nuts or pins represent the most common joining elements. These fasteners may be molded into place, glued, forced or expanded into holes.Read more

Why Self-Healing Concrete Could Save Your Summer

Summer is here and I’m sure all you drivers are already encountering the joys of summer roadside construction projects.  There’s nothing like hanging out in traffic on a sweltering day, waiting to get to work, or scheduling your weekend away around traffic predictions.  But what if it didn’t have to be like that?
Imagine concrete roads that repair their own potholes and cracks and cracks on bridge pillars and roadways that heal themselves.Read more

The Many Uses of Plastic Materials in Medicine

Modern healthcare would not be possible without the use of plastic materials. From the casing of an open MRI machine to the smallest tubing, plastics have made health care simpler and less painful.  Things we take for granted such as disposable syringes, intravenous blood bags and heart valves are now made of plastic.  Plastics have reduced the weight of eyeglass frames and lenses.  They are key components of modern prosthetic devices offering greater flexibility, comfort and mobility. Read more

Polymerization: How Plastic Materials are Made

Plastic materials have been created using many different kinds of matter over the years. Originally, resins were made from vegetable matter including cellulose from cotton, furfural from oat hulls, oil from seeds and various starch derivatives.  Bakelite (phenol formaldehyde resin), one of the first plastics made from synthetic components, was developed by Belgian born chemist Leo Baekeland in New York in 1907. Bakelite is made through an elimination reaction of phenol with formaldehyde.Read more