Thermoset Plastics vs. Thermoplastics
What are the differences between thermoset plastics and thermoplastics? The main distinction is that an irreversible chemical reaction occurs during the thermosetting process of thermoset plastics, so they can only be melted and shaped once, while thermoplastics do not undergo any chemical change when molded — they can be melted down and remolded several times over if need be.
Common thermoset plastics include:
Common thermoplastics include:
- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
E-Z Sonic™ - Ultrasonic Inserts
If you're working with thermoplastics, you need E-Z Sonic™ ultrasonic plastic threaded inserts, which are specifically designed for use in thermoplastics. These inserts are ideal for 3D printing applications.
We offer E-Z Sonic™ ultrasonic thread inserts for plastic in two varieties: tapered and straight. Both feature knurl/groove patterns designed for optimum torque and pull out resistance. They can both also be installed with an ultrasonic horn or a heat driver.
- Tapered E-Z Sonic™ ultrasonic insers reduce installation time, particularly in production runs, while delivering outstanding performance characteristics. These expansion inserts are offered in single and double-vane configurations for maximum design flexibility.
- Straight E-Z Sonic™ ultrasonic inserts provide superior torque and pull out resistance, while allowing for thinner boss walls. Flush models allow for installation level with or below the material surface; flanged models are ideal for electrical connections and for additional pull out resistance in reverse installations.
E-Z Press™ Inserts
When working with thermoset plastics, it's important to use expansion plastic threaded inserts that are designed for use with these materials. E-Z Press™ inserts are designed for use with both thermoset plastics and thermoplastics.
E-Z Press™ plastic threaded inserts are available in three styles: flush, flanged and reverse slot. All varieties are designed for easy "cold" installation — simply press them into place with a rubber mallet, arbor press or other implement. Once installed, these expansion inserts compress slightly along their machined-in slots. As a fastener is threaded in, the diamond-knurl OD presses into the wall of the hole and secures the insert in place.
- E-Z Press™ flush press inserts for plastic can be installed level with or below the surface. Brass models are available with internal threads from 0-80 and M3-M6. Stainless steel E-Z Press™ flush press inserts are available with internal threads from #2 to ⅜.
- E-Z Press™ flanged press inserts provide a large bearing surface and are ideal for fastening terminal connectors. Brass models are available with internal threads from #2-⅜ and M3-M6. Stainless steel models are available with internal threads from #2-¼.
- E-Z Press™ reverse slot press inserts are designed for installation from the back side of the material and to accommodate reverse screw entry for maximum pull out resistance. Brass only: internal threads from #2-¼.
Important Note: Hole size requirements may vary depending on a number of factors, including material and tools. We recommend that you test your particular application before ordering your threaded inserts for plastic. Samples may be provided to distributors upon request!
How do you install threaded inserts for plastic in PVC?
Before you begin installing thread inserts for plastic, make sure you're in a well-ventilated area. First, drill a hole into your expanded polyvinyl chloride (PVC.) Then, take the thread insert for plastic and position it into the PVC. The hole should be smaller than the insert. Next, heat your soldering iron. Push it down into the insert. The heat from the iron will melt your plastic thread insert. Once the insert cools, a bond will form around it to form a secure fit.
How do you determine the right size of threaded inserts for plastic?
Establishing the approximate hold size requirements varies depending on a range of factors like material and tools. The E-Z LOK experts recommend testing your particular application before placing an order. Samples may be provided to distributors upon request!
What's the difference between E-Z Sonic and E-Z Press threaded inserts for plastic?
E-Z Sonic ultrasonic plastic threaded inserts are specifically designed for use in thermoplastics. They're also ideal for 3D printing applications. We offer them in two varieties: tapered and straight. Both options feature knurl/groove patterns designed for optimum torque and pull out resistance.
In comparison, E-Z Press plastic threaded inserts are designed for both thermoset plastics and thermoplastics. They're available in three varieties: flush, flanged and reverse slot. They're specifically created for easy "cold" installation. To Install, simply press them into place with a rubber mallet, arbor press or other implement.