Engineering Plastics

Engineering Plastics

What are engineered plastics? Engineered plastics are high-performance plastics designed for uses that require extreme durability or heat resistance. They are found in a variety of products, from car components to medical implants. Engineered plastics have an entire array of benefits to offer, and in many cases can effectively replace metals or ceramics.

Types of engineered plastics Each engineered plastic has unique physical and mechanical properties, which vary depending on the ingredients used to make it. The most common engineered plastics are:

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

UHMWPE (Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene)

PEEK (Polyetheretherketone)

PFA (Perfluoroalkoxy) PEI (Polyetherimide)

POM (Polyoxymethylene)

PEKK (Polyetherketoneketone)

Engineered Plastics are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of industries and applications. Engineered plastics offer many benefits over standard polymers. The material properties of an engineered plastic can be altered by adding fillers, modifying the molecular structure or changing the processing methods used in the production of the polymer. Laird Plastics® has the largest inventory of Engineering Plastics Rods, Tubes and Shapes in North America.


  • Black Tecanyl VH2 Black plastic sheet Airplane Flight Service Control Panel Black Plastic

    Tecanyl VH2 Black PPE Plastic Sheet

    PPE Plastic For Aircraft Interiors Tecanyl VH2 black is a specially formulated PPE plastic (Polyphenylene ether) designed for use in commercial aircraft interiors. It has been tested to and passed the requirements for FAR 25.853, as well as specific...
    $1,264.51 - $4,089.95
  • Noryl® Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO) Rod

    Noryl® Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO) Rod

    Polyphenylene Oxide Rod (PPO Rod) - Noryl®Due to its inherent chemical composition, Noryl® exhibits unusually low moisture absorption, providing excellent insulating properties and dimensional stability over a wide range of humidity and temperature...
  • KYDEX® T

    KYDEX® T

    KYDEX® T Acrylic/ PVC Thermoplastic Sheet KYDEX® T is a proprietary thermoplastic sheet that is cost-competitive with fire retardant ABS/PVC (FR-ABS) formulations but with significantly higher impact strength and extensibility. Since KYDEX®...
    $200.00 - $835.00
  • KYDEX® 100

    KYDEX® 100

    Kydex 100 Acrylic/PVC Sheet Shop for KYDEX® 100 Thermoplastic Sheets. KYDEX® 100 Sheet is a rigid, tough, durable, plastic alloy sheet available in a wide range of standard and custom colors, textures, and sheet sizes.Good for deep or hard to form...
    $245.00 - $513.00
  • Acetal Sheet Acetal Sheet

    Acetal Sheet

    Acetal Sheet Acetal Sheets is a custom-made, industrial-strength thermoplastic material that was created to replace metal in many applications. Unlike other plastics, it is a superior, custom-made thermoplastic material. Acetal is a special plastic that...
    $41.65 - $17,625.58
  • Acetal Rods Black and White Acetal Rods White

    Acetal Rod

    Acetal - RodAcetal Sheets and Acetal Rods (aka POM) acetal copolymer provides high strength and stiffness coupled with enhanced dimensional stability and ease of machining. Acetal is a general purpose, semi-crystalline engineered thermoplastics. Acetal...
  • Nylon Rods Nylon Extruded Rod Machine Parts

    Nylon Extruded Rod

    Nylon Extruded RodNylon is an extruded form of polyamide, offering rigidity, strength, wear resistance, and heat resistance to 210°F. It is commonly used in both structural and general-purpose bearing and wear applications. This material is available in...
    $235.00 - $1,163.00
  • Polypropylene (PP) Polypropylene (PP)

    Polypropylene (PP)

    Polypropylene offers a good balance of thermal, chemical and electrical properties with moderate strength. Polypropylene sheet offers good impact resistance, considerable thermal resistance, and excellent chemical resistance. Polypropylene...
    $32.00 - $287.50
  • Polyamide (PAI) Rod

    Polyamide (PAI) Rod

    Polyamide (PAI) RodPolyamide is commonly called Nylon and is the major engineering thermoplastics class. Polyamides are among the most important and useful materials due to their outstanding wear resistance, good coefficient friction, temperature, and...
  • Polyethylene Print Film

    Polyethylene Print Film

    Polyethylene is a lightweight, durable thermoplastic with variable crystalline structure. It is one of the most widely produced plastics in the world (tens of millions of tons are produced worldwide each year). Polyethylene Film is a lightweight, durable...
  • PTFE Teflon Rod

    PTFE Teflon Rod

    PTFE Teflon RodsPTFE material (chemically known as Polytetrafluoroethylene, colloquially referred to as Teflon®) is a semi crystalline fluoropolymer with many unique characteristics. This fluoropolymer has unusually high thermal stability and chemical...
    $35.85 - $801.25
  • Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)

    Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)

    Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)PVDF is a highly non-reactive thermoplastic fluoropolymer produced by the polymerization of vinylidene difluoride. It is used generally in applications requiring the highest purity, strength, and resistance to solvents,...
    $50.00 - $65.00
  • Noryl® Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO)
    General Purpose

    Noryl® Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO)

    Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO) - Noryl®Due to its inherent chemical composition, Noryl® exhibits unusually low moisture absorption, providing excellent insulating properties and dimensional stability over a wide range of humidity and temperature. Noryl® has...
    $350.00 - $815.00
  • Ultem® 1000 Polyether Imide (PEI)

    Ultem® 1000 Polyether Imide (PEI)

    PEI Polyether Imide Ultem® 1000Ultem® 1000 is a thermoplastic polyetherimide high heat polymer designed for injection molding processing. Through the development of new extrusion technology, Ultem® 1000 is produced in a variety of stock shapes and sizes...
    $35.00 - $215.00
  • Polyether Ether Ketone Rods Polyether Ether Ketone Rod

    Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK) Rod

    Polyether Ether Ketone Rod (PEEK Rod)PEEK (polyetheretheketone) is a high performance engineering plastic. PEEK is known for excellent mechanical strength and dimensional stability. Aerospace, chemical processes, automotive and even the medical industry...
    $150.00 - $500.00
  • Low-density polyethylene ldpe sheets Low-density polyethylene ldpe baskets and buckets

    Low-density polyethylene LDPE

    Low-density polyethyleneLow-density polyethylene LDPE is a versatile, lightweight, and flexible plastic that is easy to fabricate and form. It has good chemical and impact resistance and is used in the manufacture of a wide range of products, including...
    $85.00 - $155.00
  • Polyester (PET) Rod

    Polyester (PET) Rod

    Polyester (PET) - RodsPET (Polyethylene terephthalate) is a general purpose thermoplastic polymer which belongs to the polyester family of polymers. PET is the most recycled thermoplastics. PET is a highly flexible, colorless resin and is used in both...
  • Canvas Phenolic Sheet

    Canvas Phenolic Sheet

    Canvas Phenolic SheetPhenolic sheet is an electrical grade high strength composite that consists of weighted layers of cotton, paper, glass or fabric. These materials are placed under heat and pressure and filled with synthetic resin. This creates a...
    $975.00 - $1,650.00
  • Fiberglass Reinforced Panels (FRP)

    Fiberglass Reinforced Panels (FRP)

    Fiberglass reinforced panels (FRP) Fiberglass reinforced panels (FRP) are thin, flexible plastic panels made of strong polyester resin reinforced with fiberglass. They are used on walls and ceilings and can be installed directly over drywall, wood,...
  • PCTFE Rod and Sheet PCTFE Valve Seals

    PCTFE Rod

    PCTFE (polychlorotrifluoroethylene) PCTFE (PolyChloroTriFluoroEthylene) originally known as Kel-F and sometimes referred to as Neoflon, combines physical and mechanical properties, non-flammability, chemical resistance, near-zero moisture absorption and...
  • Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC)

    Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC)

    Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) is a high temperature thermoplastic. CPVC differs from PVC in that CPVC is a PVC homopolymer that has been subjected to a chlorination reaction. The additional chlorine...
  • ABS Virgin Sheet

    ABS Virgin Sheet

    ABS Virgin Sheet Engineered for strength and durability, ABS sheet provides both impact and temperature resistance for everyday usage. Easily machined, paintable, good chemical resistance, rigid, and with a relative low cost make it the ideal choice of...
  • ABS Utility W/ Virgin Cap

    ABS Utility W/ Virgin Cap

    ABS Utility W/ Virgin Cap Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene utility-grade plastic sheets are manufactured with the highest quality recycled product and have a 100% virgin cap. ABS offers excellent impact strength and ease in fabrication making it an...
    $265.00 - $480.00
  • PVC Type 1 Grade

    PVC Type 1 Grade

    PVC Type 1 GradeType 1 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a versatile thermoplastic that is utilized for its chemical resistance, excellent strength-to-weight ratio, flame resistance, and cost effectiveness. These characteristics combined with Type 1 PVC’s...
    $14.20 - $284.04
  • UHMW Polyethylene Rod UHMW Polyethylene Rod

    UHMW Polyethylene Rod

    UHMW Polyethylene RodsUHMW, also known as UHMW-PE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene). It is categorized as an engineering material, and offers a unique combination of wear and corrosion resistance, a low-friction surface, and high impact strength...
  • ABS Utility Grade ABS Utility Grade

    ABS Utility Grade

    ABS Utility Grade ABS is a versatile engineering plastic material that can be used across many different industries. With good chemical resistance and impact strength, it’s a great choice for product enclosures, gears, and shafts. Its rigid nature...
    $13.53 - $325.00