When choosing a material to work or build with, it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of materials. Plastic parts have replaced metal ones in the construction of many products over the last decade, including medical implants, automobile parts and airplane construction.
Plastic: The Advantages
- Weight: Plastic is lightweight, making it easy to transport and configure.
- Design: It is easier to mold than other materials, allowing for more complex designs
- Chemical Resistance: Plastics are more resistant to chemicals than other materials. Additionally, they are less likely to corrode when coming in contact with other chemicals.
- Cost: Plastic is inexpensive and cost effective as it is less labor intensive to produce.
- Durability: The material is strong with a longer lifespan of use than other materials.
- Properties: Plastic has high thermal insulation.
Plastic: The Disadvantages
- Resource: Plastic is a nonrenewable resource.
- Properties: Plastic has high thermal expansion.
- Sustainability: It can be costly to recycle.
Metal: The Advantages
- Strength: Metal is a very strong material.
- Properties: High thermal and electrical conductivity.
Metal: The Disadvantages
- Weight: Metal is a heavy material, making it more labor intensive than other materials.
- Durability: It is not as durable as plastic because it can more easily erode and rust over time, especially if exposed to rain.
- Cost: Metal can be very expensive to manufacture and produce.
- Noise: Metal is both loud to produce and loud when coming in contact with anything else (i.e. rain).
Durable Plastics with L-S Industries
Next time you find yourself in need of durable plastic packaging products, partner with L-S Industries. Check out our website for more information on our plastic materials.