HIPS High Impact Polystyrene
HIPS – High Impact Polystyrene is a lightweight, rigid and high impact plastic. HIPS comes in a wide variety of colours and offers an easily printed matte surface, HIPS can also be used for double sided printing. HIPS can be thermoformed into almost any shape and almost any object can be created from this material. HIPS had a great machinability too; it can be punched, guillotined, sawn or routered easily. HIPS also have long lasting conductivity which makes it a good material to use for workspaces that are very sensitive to electrostatic discharge.
You will quite often see HIPS used in things like electrical handling components and other ESD sensitive applications. Because HIPS has a good resistance to tearing you’ll often see it being used in things like children’s toys and kicking plates. HIPS is also compliant with food and medical regulations meaning it’s used widely with the two industries and because HIPS Is low volatile it makes it particularly useful in packaging for odour and taste sensitive products. HIPS is also the perfect material for Flexographic and Lithographic printing.
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