Plastics 101

What Are the Different Types of Plastic? – Part Two

Some plastic materials are less common than others but still find their way into lots of fascinating everyday applications.

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Not all plastics are created equal. While we've covered the most commonly-used plastics before, there are a number of other remarkable plastic materials that might be within your reach right now—in your pocket or purse, in your car, in your phone or even inside your body.

There are a number of plastic materials that are used in high-tech and high-stress environments across numerous sectors of the economy—from building and construction to semiconductors and telecommunications, and on to medical devices and even aerospace. Manufacturers choose these materials based on factors such as safety, strength, energy efficiency and reliability.