LCP (Liquid Crystal Polymer)
Liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) are a family of high-performance plastics that are distinguished by having a special molecular structure, which results in a number of unique properties for the industry. In fact, LCP is so strong that it can even replace some metal parts.
Some of the properties that differentiate liquid crystal polymers are:
- High mechanical resistance, as a consequence of the ordered structure of its molecules
- Low thermal expansion, for applications where dimensional stability is required under varying temperature conditions.
- Transparency, for applications where visual clarity or light transmission is required.
- Low density, which makes them an ideal choice for applications requiring lightweight components, without affecting their mechanical strength.
Although LCP has different properties than other materials, it has the added advantage of being processed by the conventional methods used for thermoplastics, such as injection, extrusion, co-extrusion, etc.
This ease of processing, in addition to the characteristics that place LCP above other resins, make it the material of choice for the most demanding applications.