It is important for part and mold designers not only to understand design principles, but also to understand the fundamentals of plastics. The choice of a plastic, or polymer, has a strong impact on the outcome of a molded part. In this lesson, we will review the basic structures of polymer materials.
This lesson covers the different classifications of polymers and their key characteristics, the basics of polymer creation, including monomers, chain molecules and side branches, internal bonding mechanisms, both including both primary and secondary forces, and the micro-structures of amorphous and semi-crystalline materials.
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