Design Guide

Please use this Design Guide to explore the wide potential of polyurethane to solve your demanding challenges, and then contact us to help out with design, engineering, and production.

It’s a Rubber… It’s a Plastic… It’s a Polymer

Polyurethane is all of These!

It bridges the performance gap between rubber and plastic.  Like all polymers, its performance comes from its molecular make-up. Depending on the chemistry formulation and the reaction process, polyurethane’s end-state performance is tailorable to meet exactly what you need.

Maybe you need a material that’s flexible and tough… Or perhaps you’re looking for something that is rigid yet impact resistant.  Polyurethane is both (and more)!  That’s why we say polyurethane is the Ultimate Engineering Material.

Countless Applications

Because of Three Key Advantages

Polyurethanes have outstanding abrasion resistance, often outwearing corresponding parts made of metal, plastic, or rubber by a wide margin.

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Polyurethanes have an excellent load-bearing capability and exhibit deflection and recovery that far exceed plastic or metal.

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Creating complex shapes is no problem for polyurethane because we mold it in its liquid state.  Polyurethane can be permanently attached — or bonded — to metals, plastics, and composites during the molding process.

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How Does Polyurethane Compare to Other Materials?

Let's Take A Look at Rubber, Plastic, and Metal

 

Versus Rubber,
Polyurethane has

Better:

  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Cut and Tear Resistance
  • Load-Bearing Capability
  • Wear Life

Potential For:

  • Complex Shapes
  • Colorability
  • Broader Hardness Range
  • Lower Cost, Low-Pressure Tooling

Versus Plastic,
Polyurethane has

Better:

  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Load-Bearing Capability
  • Impact Resistance
  • Elastic Memory
  • Resilience
  • Compression Set Resistance
  • Low Operating Temperature

Potential For:

  • Complex Shapes, Thin & Thick Sections
  • A Variable Coefficient of Friction
  • Noise Reduction
  • Lower Cost, Low-Pressure Tooling

Versus Metal,
Polyurethane has

Better:

  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Impact Resistance
  • Flexibility
  • Resilience
  • Corrosion Resistance

Potential For:

  • Weight Reduction
  • Non-Conductive
  • Non-Sparking
  • Noise Reduction
  • Lower Cost Molding vs. Metal Machining
  • Lower Product Cost

Versus Rubber,
Polyurethane has

Better:

  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Cut and Tear Resistance
  • Load-Bearing Capability
  • Wear Life

Potential For:

  • Complex Shapes
  • Colorability
  • Broader Hardness Range
  • Lower Cost, Low-Pressure Tooling

Versus Plastic,
Polyurethane has

Better:

  • Abrasion resistance
  • Load-Bearing Capability
  • Impact Resistance
  • Elastic Memory
  • Resilience
  • Compression Set Resistance
  • Low Operating Temperature

Potential For:

  • Complex Shapes with Thin and Thick Sections
  • A variable Coefficient of Friction
  • Noise Reduction
  • Lower Cost, Low-Pressure Tooling

Versus Metal,
Polyurethane has

Better:

  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Impact Resistance
  • Flexibility
  • Resilience
  • Corrosion Resistance

Potential For:

  • Weight Reduction
  • Non-Conductive
  • Non-Sparking
  • Noise Reduction
  • Lower Cost Molding vs. Metal Machining
  • Lower Product Cost

What Performance Properties Are Important to You?

Because we engineer the polyurethane to best suit your application
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Modulus of Elasticity

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Hardness

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Tear Strength

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Compression Set

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Chemical Resistance

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Temperature Range

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Flame Resistance

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Resilience / Rebound

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Bulk Modulus

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Electrical Resistivity

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Food-Grade Polyurethane

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Coefficient of Friction

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Vibration Damping

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Color

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Abrasion Resistance

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Tensile Strength

Don’t see the property you are looking for? Contact us.

There Is Even More To Consider For Your Design

We’ll help – we understand these design considerations through and through
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Molding Methods

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Dimensional Tolerances

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Load Application

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Fatigue

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Hysteresis

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Bonding

The Science Behind Polyurethane

This is What Makes "Amazing" Possible