PEEK is different from other plastics. PEEK material is made from polyetherketone resin, an amorphous thermoplastic that is arguably the highest performance thermoplastic and can also be injection molded. What does this mean for engineers, product developers and manufacturers? This means that PEEK material has many advantages over other plastics, it can be used in many types of products, and it can be used for complex jobs that are unmatched by other plastics. The wide application of PEEK material in many different industries. possibly due to its unique characteristics.
PEEK material has high thermal deformation and constant operating temperature, and its high temperature strength is higher than other engineering plastics at room temperature. In fact, it can operate at temperatures up to 500°F and has a glass transition temperature of 537°F.
There are many variations of PEEK material, each with unique advantages, for example, PEEK 4203 has very good compressive strength and electrical insulation.
Extremely durable PEEK material allows the production of products with high impact and corrosion resistance, which reduces replacement costs and labor costs.
PEEK is also chemically resistant and virtually unaffected by chemicals such as aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, as well as chlorinated and fluorinated hydrocarbons. Even most acids will not affect PEEK material at moderate temperatures.
PEEK material is flame retardant. In fact, PEEK material is popular in the aerospace industry because it meets the industry's stringent flammability requirements.
Thanks to all these excellent properties, PEEK can often replace metal. Unlike many other plastics, PEEK material is strong enough to do what metals are normally meant to do, with added benefits. For example, PEEK is half the weight of aluminum, making products lighter without sacrificing functionality. In addition, PEEK material can be injection molded, injection molded and machined to its final shape, giving engineers more flexibility than metal, and due to the low cost of injection molding, using PEEK material saves time and money.