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Case history: PCT beats ABS and polycarbonate

Toy retailer Noodle Kidoodle wanted a resin that was crystal clear, durable and competitively priced for its children's transparent kaleidoscopes. Rainbow Products in Oregon, one of the few remaining ...

January 1, 2001   Canadian Plastics



Toy retailer Noodle Kidoodle wanted a resin that was crystal clear, durable and competitively priced for its children’s transparent kaleidoscopes. Rainbow Products in Oregon, one of the few remaining U.S. toy manufacturers, molded the product.

“We chose Eastman’s new Durastar 1010 PCT copolymer over clear ABS because of its clarity and strength,” says Larry Hunt, owner of Rainbow Products. “The copolymer is also easy to work with. It flows well into the mold cavity, and the part is easily removed.”

Hunt adds that cost was not the deciding factor in the material decision, but Durastar proved to be about 30 percent less costly than clear ABS and much easier to process than polycarbonate.

The Durastar material gave Rainbow Products improved cycle times with virtually no shrinkage, so scrap and rework were nearly eliminated.


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