Thermosetting

Phenol formaldehyde (PF)

Urea formaldehyde (UF) Melamine formaldehyde (MF) Resorcinol formaldehyde (RF) Phenol resorcinol formaldehyde (RPF) Polyester

Expoxide (epoxy resin)

Thermoplastics (see note below)

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) Casein

Cellulose acetate (CA) Cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) Cellulose nitrate (CN) Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Polyvinyl acetate (PVA) Polyethylene LD (polythene) Polyethylene HD Polypropylene Polyurethane Polyurethane ester Polyurethane ether Polystyrene Polystyrene HD

Polymethyl methacrylate (Perspex)

Polyacetal

Polyamide (nylon)

Note: Some plastics are also thermosets.

Uses

Wood glues, bonding agents, reinforced laminates, mouldings, etc.

Wood glues, chipboard manufacture, mouldings, etc. Wood glues, reinforced laminates, mouldings, etc. Wood glues. Wood glues.

Finishes, lacquers, laminates (glass fibre, etc.). Glues (metal, glass, etc.). castings, pottings, etc.

Drawers, doors, knobs, legs, etc.

Wood and paper glues, small moulded components.

Sheet, film, small moulded components.

High impact mouldings (tool handles).

Finishes, lacquers, small moulded components.

Rigid and flexible sheet. Extrusions and coatings.

Wood and paper glues. Contact adhesives.

Low density films, packaging materials.

High density structural mouldings.

Sheet, structural mouldings and components, etc.

Lacquers and finishes. Rigid foam structures.

Flexible foam seating.

Flexible foam seating.

Sheet, film, expanded foam.

High density sheet. Rigid foam structures.

Sheet, structural mouldings and components.

Doorhandles, hinges, etc.

Fibres, sheet, frictionless moulded and shaped components, etc.

Most plastics can now be foamed.

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