Which is better ABS or polypropylene?

Polycarbonate suitcases are good

Easter is the perfect opportunity to travel, however, between booking the flight and the hotel, a very important detail is left aside, the luggage. Choosing the wrong suitcase for your trip can become a headache during your vacation.

There are many factors to consider when buying the ideal suitcase, such as the duration of the trip, the destination, the amount of items you need to pack. Also, if you are traveling by car, plane or bus, you should take into account the space you have to transport your luggage.

Another important factor to take into account is the material. Juan Carlos Puerta, Totto’s specials director, assures that “if you want to protect the items from bumps and humidity, a rigid material is recommended, but if you want to have more flexibility in terms of capacity and less weight, flexible is recommended”.

The materials that Puerta, an expert in travel luggage, recommends are polyester, a soft material with flexible capacity and light weight. Polypropylene, a rigid material with the capacity to protect the objects inside from strong blows, falls and environmental conditions. Polycarbonate, a rigid and lightweight material, is easy to carry and secures your items.

Polycarbonate suitcase

Polycarbonate is the material used par excellence in the manufacture of rigid suitcases. Its resistance to impact and abrasion makes the suitcase a light and durable luggage. It is a good choice for people who frequently travel by air.

It is a thermoplastic used in a wide variety of applications including packaging, textiles, stationery, reusable packaging, laboratory equipment, automotive components or even in the construction industry. Some properties of polypropylene are its impermeability, resistance to corrosion and to sudden changes in temperature.

Another feature is that in the vast majority of cases, polypropylene suitcases do not have a zipper, but have a three-point hermetic closure, many people prefer this option and therefore are inclined to suitcases made of polypropylene, in this type of suitcases no moisture or water enters.

What is the best material for a suitcase

ABS is the name given to a family of thermoplastics. It is called engineering plastic, because it is a plastic whose elaboration and processing is more complex than common plastics, such as polyolefins (polyethylene, polypropylene). The acronym derives from the three monomers used to produce it: acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene. Because it is made up of three different monomers, it is called a terpolymer (copolymer composed of three blocks).

The butadiene blocks, which is an elastomer, provide toughness at any temperature. This is especially interesting for cold environments, where other plastics become brittle.

The first formulations were manufactured through mechanical mixing of either dry ingredients or the latex mixture of a butadiene-based rubber and acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer (SAN) resin.

To improve its properties, modifications were incorporated into the process. The most successful of these consisted of the polymerization of the acrylonitrile-styrene in the presence of rubber. The rubber initially had a high acrylonitrile content and was replaced by others with low content such as polybutadiene, natural rubber, styrene butadiene rubber and acrylic elastomers.

Abs cases are good

PC and PC-ABS materials are known to be industrial grade thermoplastics. Both are widely used in the automotive, medical, electronics and telecommunications industries. In addition, the two are capable of combining customization, strength and heat resistance distinguishes these materials. However, they are not the same. It is important to know the differences between PC and PC-ABS.

PC also exhibits high wear resistance and stability that will stand up to functional testing. These characteristics make it perfect for the automotive, medical and aerospace industries. Different parts, functional prototypes or tooling, while still being customizable.

PC-ABS is a high-impact, low-volume engineering thermoplastic that creates stronger parts that mimic the material properties of the final product. PC-ABS combines the strength and heat resistance of PC and the flexibility of ABS. This blend is 5- 60% stronger than standard ABS. This makes it ideal for producing durable parts for projects such as industrial equipment manufacturing.