Many common engineering applications call for fasteners made from chemical resistant plastics. Not all plastics hold up well in extreme environments. The engineer needs to be sure that his fasteners will last as long as the rest of his materials. While you should always do testing to ensure that you make the right material for your specific application, there are certain chemical resistant plastics which tend to hold up well in most environments. … Read more
Many customers come to Craftech with a need for fasteners made from high performance plastics that can stay strong even when exposed to multiple stress factors. These stress factors include high and low temperatures, large torque or loads, and exposure to acidic or basic vapors, to name a few. While Craftech is always ready to provide guidance and support to engineers looking for the right high performance plastic, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of testing plastic parts in your application and environment. … Read more
Plastic components come in many different flavors. If you’re new to the world of plastic, sifting through the thousands of different plastic materials and grades may seem like a daunting task. So to give you a jump start on the process, we’ve sampled the five most popular materials for plastic fasteners.
Here are our unflinching, open-eyed reviews:
Nylon components are some of the most popular available. … Read more
Plastic hardware? Metal hardware? Or hardware made from some exotic ceramic alloy? With thousands of materials available, choosing the right one for your industry and project can be a confusing process. How do you wade through all the options to ensure that you pick a material that gives you the best value?
While every kind of material can be useful depending on the application, at Craftech we’re a little partial to plastic hardware. … Read more
Oh, Nylon…the material of choice for so many. Invented in the early 1930’s by chemical giant DuPont, this trusty polymer is still an outstanding material for a wide variety of applications. Nylon is so well known that it tends to be the default choice for many first-time customers who are new to the vast world of plastics. Although nylon may seem like a safe multipurpose material pick, one must always carefully consider the requirements of a project when choosing a material for plastic fasteners. … Read more