Polymers: Functionality & Aesthetics

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Functionality & Aesthetics

With the development of plastics and polymers over the past 40 years, many products are now polymer-based.

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  • Polymers are used for chairs, bottles, plug sockets, and many everyday objects.
  • Polymers come in a range of thicknesses and sizes.
    • This means polymers can come in complex shapes.
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Self-finishing and recyclable

  • Polymers are self-finishing.
    • This means polymers do not need further treatment after being produced.
  • Polymers do not need to be varnished.
    • This means polymers allow for quicker manufacturing timescales.
  • Polymers such as thermoforming can be recycled many times.
    • This makes polymers better for the environment.
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  • Most polymers are shiny and bright which makes them aesthetically pleasing.
  • Polymers can have pigment added to them during the manufacturing process.
    • Adding pigment allows the products to come in a wide range of colours and tones.

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2Paper & Board: Specialist Technical Principles

3Timber: Specialist Technical Principles

4Metal: Specialist Technical Principles

5Polymers: Specialist Technical Principles

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7Designing & Making Principles

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