KyronMAX™ Structural Thermoplastic Materials vs. Long Fiber Thermoplastic Compounds
The KyronMAX™ series of structural thermoplastic materials outperforms the mechanical strength of long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) materials, especially when measuring the performance of a molded part. The material overcomes all the limitations associated with LFT compounds while yielding stronger molded parts that are also lighter in weight.
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In contrast, the KyronMAX material technology outperforms all other thermoplastic compounds using short fiber technology and a lower percentage of filler. The lower filler content results in a tough, structural plastic that can be utilized in extremely aggressive applications, yet is still processing friendly and does not require specialized molding equipment.
KyronMAX Materials Outperforms LFT Without the Processing Issues Associated with Long Fiber
What makes the KyronMAX material technology unique is that it is based on short fiber technology, which means the polymer behaves more like the isotropic nature of metal and eliminates the processing and fiber breakage concerns associated with LFT compounds. The technology enables very complex parts to be molded with unrivaled mechanical performance and consistency.
KyronMAX Materials vs. Other Structural Compounds
Competitive structural compounds use high fiber loadings and long fiber lengths to achieve the desired mechanical performance. Unfortunately the performance of these materials often do not translate into the molded parts, due to weld line strength loss and fiber length reduction during processing.
In contrast, the KyronMAX material technology outperforms all other thermoplastic compounds using short fiber technology and much lower filler loadings. The lower filler content results in a tough, structural plastic that can be utilized in extremely aggressive applications, yet is still processing friendly and does not require specialized molding equipment.
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The following mold flow fiber plot shows the significant difference in strength between long fiber thermoplastics (LFT) and KyronMAX polymer.
KyronMAX Materials Product Features
- 20% lighter and 20-50% stronger than LFT materials
- Tensile strengths above 51,000 psi (352 MPa)
- Flexural modulus above 6,500,000 psi (44,816 MPa)
- Complex parts can be molded with wall thicknesses down to 0.015 inches (0.038 cm).
- Currently formulated in various thermoplastics including PA, PPA, PPS, PEI, PEEK, with more in current development.
The graph (right) shows KyronMAX materials have higher mechanical properties than the carbon LFT products and higher impact than glass LFT compounds.