Polymorph is a thermoplastic material that can be shaped and reshaped any number of times.
It is normally supplied as granules that look like small plastic beads. It can be heated in hot water and when it reaches 62 degrees centigrade the granules form a mass of ‘clear’ material. When removed from the hot water it can be shaped into almost any form and on cooling it becomes as solid as a material like nylon.
Polymorph is suitable for 3D modelling as it can be shaped by hand or pressed into a shape through the use of a mould.
How does it work?
When hot the polymorph is a flexible, easily to mould plastic which sets as it cools. When cooled it becomes very similar to nylon and is stiffer, stronger and tougher than most domestically used plastics. Polymorph is a thermoplastic material and can be reheated and remoulded as often as is needed. When you have a design you would like to keep the plastic can be painted using acrylic paints.
Polymorph is used for:
- Manufacturing awkward shapes such as ergonomic handles
- Joining components together
- making moulds for vacuum forming
- Moulds for batch producing other mouldings
- Prototype mechanical parts
This polymer has all the characteristics of a tough ‘engineering’ material yet it fuses and becomes easily mouldable at 62°C.