The name Plastic is derived from the Greek word plastikos, which means able to be shaped. Plastic materials consist of long chain molecules (polymers). Available in many colors and in transparent form, plastics can be rubbery or rigid. Plastic shapes include sheet, rod, hex, pipe, cubes, balls, tubes, etc.


Plastic Properties


Plastics have numerous properties that make them superior to other materials in many applications. Plastics generally have:

  • Resistance to corrosion and chemicals
  • Low electrical and thermal conductivity
  • High strength-to-weight ratio
  • Colors available in a wide variety and transparent.
  • Resistance to shock
  • Good durability
  • Low cost
  • Easy of manufacture
  • Resistance to water
  • Low toxicity