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Styrene Plastic - HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) Overview
What is High Impact Styrene Plastic?

High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS), also called styrene, is a versatile, impact resistant, and inexpensive plastic. It is a lightweight material that is easy to thermoform, machine, and fabricate and is often used for low strength structural applications. Styrene readily accepts paint and glue and is dimensionally stable, making it a preferred material for prototypes.

 

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Customers Also Asked:
Is styrene plastic safe?

Styrene plastic is odorless, nontoxic, and recyclable. Certain grades of this material are FDA approved and are used in the food industry for packaging applications such as take-out containers.

Is styrene plastic strong?

Styrene is a strong and reliable plastic with high impact strength and outstanding thermoforming properties. Styrene's cost-effective price combined with its high impact resistance and machinability make it a common material for use in prototypes, model making, machine housings, and molds.

What is styrene used for?

Styrene is used in televisions, toys, gas tanks, and other projects because of its high impact strength and durability. Styrene is also commonly used in construction insulation projects because the material is easy to work with, highly resistant to moisture, and a great heat insulator.

Is styrene the same as PVC?

Styrene and PVC are two different plastics. Styrene is a thermoplastic material engineered from strong polystyrene resins combined with polybutadiene while PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a thermoplastic made of chlorine and ethylene. Although styrene and PVC may share some of the same applications, PVC is typically used in more robust applications because of its better chemical resistance and mechanical strength.

 

General Properties1 of Styrene
Property
Unit
Value
Specific Gravity
g/cm.3
1.04
Tensile Strength
psi
2800 @ Yield
 
psi
3500 @ Break
Tensile Modulus
psi
239,000
Tensile Elongation
%
52 @ Break
Flexural Strength
psi
6200 @ Yield
Flexural Modulus
psi
277,000
Izod Impact (Notched)
ft-lbs/in.
2.1 @ 73°F
 
ft-lbs/in.
1.2 @ 0°F
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
in./in./°F
0.005
Rockwell Hardness
R
95
Heat Deflection Temperature
°F
189 @ 66 psi
 
°F
165 @ 264 psi
1The values listed are typical and are meant only as a guide to aid in design. Field testing is always recommended to determine exact values for each application.
High impact styrene is used for models, prototypes, signs, displays, enclosures, and more.
Styrene High Impact Sheet - White
Multi-Pack Sheets of .060x12x12" High-Impact White Styrene Sheets.
Styrene Multi-Pack for Thermoform Vacuum Thermoformer
12 x 12" samples of thermoforming naterials.
Thermoforming Material Sample Pack

 

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Onsrud - Plastic Router Bits
Lightweight standalone hot knife thermocutter with T3/30 blade.
AZ Foremen TC20 Plug-In Thermocutter
Designed to cut styrene so smoothly that edges can be polished.
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WARNING: The products on this page can expose you to chemicals including 1,3-Butadiene, CAS 106-99-0, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.p65warnings.ca.gov.

WARNING: The products on this page can expose you to chemicals including Styrene, CAS 100-42-5, which are known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.p65warnings.ca.gov.