Five lesser known uses for fluoroplastics

Fluoroplastics are used in a wide range of applications and are a valuable resource in many modern industries.

For many years, fluoroplastics and polymers have been used in innovative ways. From their role in the automobile industry, to the fields of fluid management, medicine and energy, the materials are well-known and loved for their versatility. But did you know that fluoroplastics are also currently used in some of the most advanced (and unexpected) ways? Read on to find out more about some of the lesser known applications for which this unique material is used…

3D printing

3D printing has revolutionized manufacturing work around the world and have made many new and exciting processes possible. But, manufacturers of 3D printing machines faced a problem in the early days of development when they found that the tubing that was designed to carry the input plastic filament to the nozzle head was cracking.

The tubing also lacked lubricity, which was not ideal for the intended application.

At this point, the tubing was widely replaced with PTFE tubing, a material with a very low coefficient of friction.

PTFE proved to be highly successful, while PFA and FEP extrusions are also now used for their excellent chemical inertness.

Military communications

The equipment used for military communications has to withstand some extreme conditions, which is why high-performance materials are essential.

In most cases, PVDF and PFA extrusions are used in the fabrication of this type of equipment because these materials perform very well in extreme environments and are very reliable when it comes to maintaining the function of military communication tools.

Light bulb encapsulation

When it comes to fluorescent light bulbs, a number of materials are used. These include PFA, FEP and PET, all of which are used to encapsulate light bulbs safely. The materials are also used to protect the bulbs as they are extremely resistant to UV rays.

Electrical insulation

Fluoropolymers and fluoroplastics are very well suited to applications that require safe electrical insulation because they can withstand extreme temperatures.

The materials are also very strong, even in harsh environments that involve a combination of severe heat and abrasion.

Fluoropolymers and plastics can be used to manufacture a number of electrical insulation products, including hermetic motor insulation, multi-lumens, precision slot liners and heat shrink splicing technology.

Composite bike frames

It may seem surprising, but fluoroplastics are actually used to manufacture composite bike frames, thanks to their temperature resistance and excellent lubricity.

Specifically, FEP is usually used during the fabrication of composite bike frames because it provides both the necessary strength and smooth finish that is required from the application.

Altaflo’s Product Line

If you would like to find out about the specific products that we offer at Altaflo, please take a look at our product line-up here. We produce high performance fluoropolymer and fluoroplastic tubing and pipe using 100 percent virgin grade resins. We carry a broad range of stock products, including PTFE, FEP, PFA, UHP PFA, PVDF, THV, PVDF FLEX, THV FLEX, MFA, THVP, ETFE and ECTFE materials. We are able to ship the same day from our extensive inventory.

We pride ourselves on our ISO 9001:2015 certification, which officially recognizes our adherence to upholding the very highest international industry standards.

When you choose Altaflo, you choose high quality, fast turnaround, competitive pricing, and the best service.

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