Thermoplastics are extremely malleable and can be melted, and re-melted, without breaking down the chemical structure. Thus, it can be collected for recycling. Thermoplastic can be used for an infinite number of parts – often used for wear parts and machine components.
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Semi-crystalline thermoplastics have a structured design. Parts of the structure of the thermoplastic are amorphous, which is why the material’s name is semi-crystalline thermoplastics. This material does not soften in the same way but changes from solid to liquid form at the melting point. The semi-crystalline thermoplastic has higher mechanical properties than amorphous thermoplastics.
Amorphous thermoplastics are rigid and disorganized molecular chains. General properties include transparency, rigidity, and low dimensional stability. Furthermore, they have no melting point but instead soften when heated. Amorphous thermoplastics are usually less prone to shrinkage and have a lower tendency to warp than semi-crystalline thermoplastics.