Fiberglass & Plastics
Polypropylene is a type of plastic that is tough, with a good resistance to fatigue, often used as an engineering plastic due to its durability. Our polypropylene stools are created from a single mould, whereby the plastic is melted and poured into the desired shape mould, cooled and left to set.
This produces a piece with high structural integrity as there are no joints or seams to weaken it.
Polycarbonate, like polypropylene, is a thermoplastic polymer, therefore polycarbonate goods are also created by pouring the melted plastic into moulds, leaving to cool and set. One of the main benefits of polycarbonate is that it is highly scratch resistant and is well suited to the production of transparent goods, with better light transmission characteristics than many kinds of glass.
Another thermoplastic, the biggest advantage of ABS plastic is its toughness and impact resistance. Additional fibers can be mixed into the plastic at the time of moulding to increase strength. Pigmentation is also added at this point, as the natural colour of ABS plastic is translucent ivory to white, which makes it a brilliant material choice for translucent designs.
The term ‘fiberglass’ is in fact an abbreviated term that is used to describe a polymer (or plastic) that is reinforced with very thin fibers made of glass, otherwise known as glass reinforced-plastic or GRP.
Reinforcing plastic with glass, creates a very strong material as the advantageous characteristics of each composite overcomes the negative characteristics of the other. For example, the plastic resins are strong when compressed but they do not react so well to tension. The glass fibres are the opposite, so when combined together, they produce a material that is both tensile and strong under compressive loading.