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ARBOFORM® verseus other materials

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ARBOFORM® is the ecological, aesthetic and yet sophisticated alternative to your plastics products.

ARBOFORM® offers plastics-specific processing capability which means competitive pricing and high accuracy for products so far machined from laminated wood, presspahn or MDF board. What is more, ARBOFORM® is clean by ecological standards, ensuring more environmentally sound manufacture and disposal than the above wood materials that use toxic glue binders.

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As against expensive solid wood shapes, which, besides, are often made from Tropical woods, it is the fact that it can be freely and accurately formed that lets ARBOFORM® compare favourably with conventional, mostly rather plain wood shapes.
Apart from providing a pleasing natural surface, inexpensive refinement by adding real wood veneers, or even three-dimensional inlay work at moderate pricing is possible for most applications.

Comparing ARBOFORM® and Plastics:

  BULK PLASTICS TECHNICAL GRADE PLASTICS
  PE (LD, HD, LLD) PP (unreinft.) PS ARBOFORM® PA 66 (unreinft.) WOOD (beech, across )
Ultimate stress, [N/mm2] 8 - 30 30 - 40 45 - 65 15 - 20 65 7
Tensile modulus, [N/mm2] 50 - 500 600 - 1700 1200 - 3300 2000 - 6000 2000 1500
Ultimate elongation [%] 100 - 900 bis 800 3 - 4 0,3 - 0,8 200  
Impact resistance [kJ/m2] o. Br. 20 13 - 20 2 - 5 o. Br.  
Vicat/B softening point, [°C] 40 - 65 110 - 130 78 - 99 80 - 95 200  
Lin. expansion coefficient, [1/K] 170 - 200*10-6 100 - 200*10-6 70*10-6 18 - 50*10-6 80*10-6 45*10-6