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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
- ‘It is a thermoplastic material which gets softer with heating and hardens when cooled.’
- ‘Made of a gelatinous thermoplastic material, the product acts like a solid adhesive and will not dry out.’
- ‘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 couple of companies introduced new lines of thermoplastic materials suited for medical applications.’
- ‘‘Think of it as thermoplastic rubber that is recyclable and processes like plastic,’ he says.’
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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Other scientists made various plaster derivatives, artificial silks, and thermoplastics.’
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