One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting substances (especially synthetic resins) that become plastic on heating and harden on cooling, and are able to repeat these processes.Often contrasted with thermosetting
- ‘A couple of companies introduced new lines of thermoplastic materials suited for medical applications.’
- ‘Made of a gelatinous thermoplastic material, the product acts like a solid adhesive and will not dry out.’
- ‘‘Think of it as thermoplastic rubber that is recyclable and processes like plastic,’ he says.’
- ‘It is a thermoplastic material which gets softer with heating and hardens when cooled.’
- ‘Hot-bar and impulse welding processes are commonly used in the packaging industry to seal plastic bags and join thermoplastic films of 0.5 mm or less.’
A thermoplastic substance.
- ‘There are three classes of polymers - thermoplastics, thermosets, and elastomers.’
- ‘Many of these are used as thermoplastics that are shaped and processed by means of injection molding and extrusion.’
- ‘Other scientists made various plaster derivatives, artificial silks, and thermoplastics.’
- ‘Manufacturers can currently choose from either thermoset plastics or thermoplastics.’
- ‘Independent custom molders, who made marketable parts and products, experimented in the 1930s with injection molding of thermoplastics, which eventually almost replaced compression molding of thermoset resins.’
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