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John Tranquilli
Category:
Materials

Why Making Slime Is like Being a Polymer Chemist

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I never realized that getting my Chemical Engineering degree would lead me to become a Slime maker. Through my career as a Polymer Chemist, I have developed many different rubber compounds of various colors, polymers, and hardness. As there are …

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Romel Ner
Category:
Seal Design

5 Reasons to Prototype with Apple Rubber

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More often than not, drawing out ideas and designs are not enough to get a real picture of how a product will be used in every day life. Prototyping, however, creates a real version of the product you’ve been imagining, …

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Posted by:
John Tranquilli
Category:
Materials

4 Common Misconceptions About Viton or FKM Rubber

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FKM or fluorocarbon rubber is used throughout many different industries.  These rubber compounds give exceptional heat resistance with compatibility across many fluids or chemical exposures.  The most commonly known name for these compounds is “Viton,”™ which has become the generic …

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Posted by:
John Tranquilli
Category:
Materials

Why Use Aflas (TFE/P) Rubber?

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AFLAS® has been around since 1975.  This polymer is similar to FKM polymers and is listed under ASTM D1418 as FEPM. Typical advantages of AFLAS® include excellent heat resistance for continuous service to 200’C and unmatched resistance to base resistance.  …

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