Pete Poodiack, VP of Sales and Marketing at Controlled Fluidics, talks about Teflon plastic and what makes it a popular material for plastic machining and fabrication.
Welcome. In this video, we’re talking about Teflon.
Teflon is a great material for applications that require high surface and volume resistivity. It can handle continuous use temperatures of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also non-flammable and corrosion-resistant.
Compared to most other plastics, Teflon has the lowest dielectric constant and dissipation factor, and it’s almost completely unaffected by chemicals.
In addition to its great electrical and thermal properties, Teflon has a very low coefficient of friction, low water absorption, and high flexibility These weathering properties make Teflon ideal for high-wear applications.
Of course, Teflon is also FDA-approved and USDA-certified. That makes it popular for food processing and other food-related applications. However, at Controlled Fluidsics, that’s not the most popular application for our clients who use Teflon. We usually see this material in projects that involve electrical components or parts for chemical or steel processing.
The drawback of Teflon is that it’s relatively low strength so it’s not useful for structural applications. Additionally, it only comes in typical stock shapes and colors like black and white. And it’s usually more expensive than other plastics.
At Controlled Fluidics, we tell our clients that Teflon’s heat and chemical-resistant properties make it the perfect solution for a wide variety of applications, but it’s not right for every project. That’s why it can be critical to consult with an experienced plastics expert.
This only covers the basics. Learn more about Teflon Plastic on our materials page.