Injection Molding Materials

Injection Molding Materials

With so many choices available, selecting the right materials for your application can be confusing. We can help!

Ames Industries offers selection expertise for a variety of injection molding materials and resins. Our mold design specialists will assist you with selecting the right material for your applications, as well as a material that is economical for you. In addition, we will provide recommendations for your designs to reduce molding and secondary service costs.

Material Selection Guide

Amorphous

Applications

Features

Trade Names

Chemical Name

Abbreviation

Lenses
Lighting
Optical

High clarity
Good impact resistance

Plexiglas
Cyro

Polymethyl methacrylate
(Acrylic)

PMMA

Windows
Visors
Face Shields

Good clarity

High impact resistance

Makrolon
Lexan

Polycarbonate

PC

Automotive Panels
Electronic Housings

Good weather resistance
High impact resistance

Lustran
Centrex
Cycolac

Acrylonitrile Butadiene
Styrene

ABS

CD and DVD Cases
Packaging
Food Containers

Translucent or Opaque
Food Grade Available
Living Hinges

Styrofoam
Styron

Polystyrene

PS

Semi-Crystalline

Applications

Features

Trade Names

Chemical Name

Abbreviation

Packaging Containers
FDA grades available

Good balance of toughness
and stress-crack resistance

Dow
HiFill
Ineos
Sabic

High Density
Polyethylene

HDPE

Outdoor
Construction

High impact resistance
Good weatherability

Geon

Polyvinyl
Chloride

PVC

Living Hinges
Containers
Bottle Tops

Good heat resistance

Flexibility

Profax
Hival

Polypropylene

PP

Automotive
Sporting Goods

Super tough
Good chemical resistance
High impact resistance

Zytel
Vydyne
Nypel
Ultramid

Polyamide
(Nylon)

PA

Insulator for Electronics Semi-rigid
Impact resistant
Barrier material
Valox
Crastin
Polybutylene
terephthalate
PBT

Bearings
Handles
Guitar Picks

High stiffness
Low friction
Chemical resistant

Delrin
Celcon

Polyoxymethylene
(Acetal)

POM


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