A San Jose, Calif.–based outfit called Plastic Sample Kits is selling material-to-material comparisons of 20 different types of injection molding plastic.
The 20 Material Base Kit is available now, and the 6 High-Performance Material Kit is coming in June, with pre-orders taken now. Co-founders Brian Eastman and Stefan McClelland — both mechanical engineers — plan to release more.
“We made this product specifically so the engineers and designers can gain valuable experience and intuition about the materials they are expected to design with. I keep one of these kits on my own desk and people are constantly asking to borrow or reference it,” Eastman said in a news release.
Eastman noted to Medical Design & Outsourcing that the specific material grades in the 20 Material Base Kit are not medical grade materials, but several have FDA compliance certifications. The 6 High-Performance Material Kit, however, has several Solvay materials that are listed for use in medical/healthcare or medical device — including Radel R-5800 (PPSU) and Ixef 1022 (PARA), according to their datasheets.
“Some of our customers have indeed been medical companies,” Eastman said in an email.