Resin is one of the most renowned and versatile materials in chemistry and material science. These composite blends are typically moldable, pliable, and adaptable to different industries, and we use them to produce many goods and products. There are so many different types of resin, and how we use them varies on their unique properties. Here are some of the more popular variants and how they influence production in the business world.
Epoxy resins are some of the most common and are incredibly versatile. Epoxy is easy to work with, easy to obtain, and lasts longer than any other type. As a result, manufacturers often use epoxy resins in adhesives, plastics, sports equipment, automobiles, and electronics.
One of the unfortunate side effects of epoxy resin is how UV light, such as sunlight, can cause it to break down in a way that changes its color. If you start to notice white or other lighter-colored objects begin to develop a sickly yellow color after prolonged UV exposure, it’s likely a result of the epoxy resin breaking down.
Phenolic resin is a highly versatile, long-lasting resin that’s only notable downside is that it doesn’t recycle as well as other resin types. Phenolic resin blends well with other materials like paper, wood, or metal to create some of the strongest materials for commercial goods. Some of the most popular applications of phenolic resin are billiard balls, countertops, and fiberglass cloths. If you’re in an industry that works with this resin, we recommend choosing a phenolic resin supplier who can help you maintain steady and reliable production.
Of all the different types of resin, amino resins are slightly more limited in how we use them but still incredibly useful. Amino resins are best for industrial applications rather than personal use because we often mix this resin with formaldehyde to create melamine or urea concentrates. These materials work fantastically after curing and are a major component in plaster, cabinets, and buttons. Because amino resins are generally thermosetting polymers, they’re best suited for professional use over personal craft projects.