• ABS – Scratch resistant, great for its cosmetic value.

  • ACETAL – It is compared to some metals due to its stability, impact resistance, and strength.

  • ACRYLIC – Very durable and lightweight with great clarity. Good for displays and other visual applications.

  • CPVC – Is a thermoplastic produced by chlorination of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin.

  • DELRIN – It is a great all-purpose plastic, very versatile and economical.

  • ERTALYTE® – Great choice for parts requiring a close tolerance.

  • G-10 – Great chemical and moisture resistance, excellent insulating and electrical properties, and very high strength composite.

  • NORYL – Is a plastic developed by General Electric, can be used in electronics, coating, and machinery applications.

  • NYLON – Excellent abrasion and chemical resistant. Easy to machine.

  • PEEK – It has a high tensile strength and it has replaced stainless steel in some instances due to its great performance, reliability and low cost.

  • PHENOLIC – Very light weight, extremely durable plastic, and moisture resistant.

  • POLYCARBONATE – Virtually unbreakable, transparent glazing material.

  • UHMW – Impact and abrasion resistant, very affordable.


  • 6061-0 – Annealed 6061 has maximum tensile strength no more than 18,000 psi.

  • 6061-T4 – T4 temper has an ultimate tensile strength of at least 30,000 psi and yield strength of at least 16,000 psi.

  • 6061-T6 – it is the most commonly used alloy. It has an ultimate tensile strength of at least 42,000 psi and yield strength of at least 35,000 psi.

  • 6063 – Great for extrusions, usually produced with a very smooth surface great for anodizing.

  • 5052 – Very good corrosion resistant, used in marine applications.

  • 7075 – It is aircraft grade. It is strong, with good fatigue strength and average machinability, but not a good corrosion resistant


  • 200 Series – Austenitic iron-chromium-nickel-manganese alloys.

  • 300 Series – Austenitic iron-chromium-nickel alloys.

  • Type 301 – Highly ductile, for formed products. Fast hardening while is being machined.

  • Type 303 – Free machining version of 304 via addition of sulfur.

  • Type 304 – Very popular; also referred as 18/8 stainless steel.

  • Type 316 – Very common and highly used by the sub sea industry due to its resistance to saltwater.

  • 400 Series – Ferritic and martensitic alloys.

  • Type 408 – Heat-resistant; poor corrosion resistance; 11% chromium, 8% nickel.

  • Type 409 – Most affordable one; used in the automobile industry.

  • Type 410 – Martensitic (high-strength iron/chromium).

  • Type 420 – Known as “surgical steel”.

  • Type 430 – Used in vehicle trims, decorative.

  • Type 440 – Great cutlery quality, better edge retention due to its high carbon content.

  • 600 Series – Mantensitic precipitation hardening alloys.

  • Type 630 – Better known as 17-4.


  • 12L14 – Commonly used in automatic screw machines in the production of high number of parts requiring a close tolerance.

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