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Common Thermoplastics for the Power & Energy Industry

September 9, 2019

An Informational Brief on Polymer Machining   High-performance plastic components have innovated the power & energy industry due to their lightweight design and ability to endure even the most hostile of conditions. In particular, the oil and gas industry require components to have the ability to withstand high temperature and high pressure, and unlike metal, plastic components neither corrode nor wear out in this industry’s harsh environmental climates.   The... Read More

Machining Nylon (Polyamide): A Plastics Guide

September 6, 2019

An Informational Brief on Polymer Machining   One of the high-performance thermoplastics that AIP works with is NYLON:  a PA, or polyamide.  It is known for high strength, maintaining mechanical properties at elevated temperatures and chemical resistance.  This polymer was first introduced by DuPont in the 1930s following extensive research on polyesters and polyamides.  For this reason, polyamides comprise the largest family of engineering plastics with a wide range of... Read More

The History of Aviation Materials

July 18, 2019

Key Moments in Aircraft & Aerospace Innovation   Aviation technology has come a long way to get to where it is today. Over the course of the last century countless test flights, thousands of blueprints, and endless research from passionate minds have propelled the evolution of aircraft and aerospace technologies. Read on to discover how aviation materials have shifted to create a better, safer, and more efficient flight experience.  ... Read More

Machining Kynar Resin (PVDF): A Plastics Guide

July 1, 2019

An Informational Brief on Polymer Machining   Kynar®, Polyvinylidene Difluoride (PVDF) is a specialty fluoropolymer thermoplastic known for its ease of processing and its versatility in a variety of applications.  PVDF’s manufacturing not only ensures durability in its utility, but also delivers an innate resistance to acids, bases, high temperatures, and solvents.  Harsh industrial environments are no match for PVDF parts, which is why it is commonly used in environments... Read More

Machining Vespel (PI): A Plastics Guide

June 3, 2019

An Informational Brief on Polymer Machining   Vespel Polyimide (PI) is a high-performance polymer frequently machined for end-use in aerospace, semiconductor and transportation technology. This material thrives in extreme environments with high strength, chemical resistance, high temperatures, and a low coefficient of friction. It also has impressive sealing and wear properties. Our latest machining guide discusses what goes into machining Vespel and how its considerations differ from other manufacturing options... Read More


2019 MPO Summit

October 3 - 4 2019

Silicon Valley, CA