Thermoplastic Vs. Epoxy
Why are thermoplastic composites better?
Rather than using two part epoxies or heat cure epoxies, a thermoplastic composite utilizes plastics as the binder that holds the fibers together. There are many kinds of plastics, but all of them have common properties;toughness, impact resistant, and durability.
Low Void Content
Because a thermoplastic material requires an enormous amount of heat and pressure to be formed properly, the material is compressed and formed very precisely, leaving almost zero air voids. Air voids are flaws in a composite and a well formed thermoplastic composite can have less than 1%, making it perform better in every way.
Strength to Weight
Using thermoplastic composites, you can achieve an almost unbeatable strength to weight ratio. The strength and resiliency of plastic is the perfect bonding agent for a composite material because it retains its strength characteristics while holding the fibers closely and tightly together making it extremely light and strong.
During the processing of a thermoplastic composite there is NO toxic smells, fumes, or harmful discharges. This makes is safer and more worker friendly to manufacture.
Plastics are common in our everyday life. They are tough, strong, and typically economical to purchase, but more importantly they are recyclable. Not only can you build a thermoplastic composite using recycled plastic material, but the material itself can be recycled to make other products. No harmful epoxies in a landfill.