Thermoplastics in Rubber Grip Applications
Thermoplastics are extremely useful in the production of handle grips, appliance feet and other non-slip products. This resilient material is used in applications across the spectrum, and manufacturers find that is more economical and has a longer lifespan than thermoset rubber. Because of their ability to absorb shock, TPEs are often used as handlebar grips for bicycles and motorcycles, but also on high-vibration power tools.
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StarGrip-X® TPE is formulated for applications calling for enhanced grip, soft touch and improved feel. The grades available can be processed using standard processing techniques. They can be injection molded either thick or thin parts of varying hardness and thickness.
What are Thermoplastic Elastomers?
Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are flexible, rubber-like materials that are highly stretchable and useful in a variety of industries. They can be stretched to more than twice their original size and shape while still maintaining their structural integrity. TPEs are true thermoplastics and do not require vulcanization or curing. Thermoplastic elastomers are used in a variety of processes from injection molding to 2-shot molding, blow molding and extrusion. On the hardness scale, they range from rigid and firm to soft and gel-like.
TPEs are the most commonly used polymer in grippy plastics like those that are commonly found in exercise equipment. Thermoplastic elastomers dominate products all around us. The rubber grips on toothbrushes, dog chew toys and the handles on garden tools are all examples of thermoplastics in action. This versatile polymer is great for a variety of uses and can be customized for your manufacturing needs.