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Ultra High-Performance Polymers

In the widest selection and most cost-effective forms available.

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Why Drake Plastics?

Drake Plastics leads the industry in ultra-high-performance polymers with the widest array of rod, plate, and rigid tube stock shapes for machined parts. Many sizes were developed to closely approximate the dimensions of a final part. The benefit of these “leaner” sizes: minimal material loss when machining our line-up of Torlon PAI, PEEK, Ryton PPS, Victrex HT, Ultem PEI and AvaSpire PAEK stock shape products.

Product and process development investments coupled with our culture of invention have yielded sizes and configurations many thought impossible in ultra-high-performance polymers.

With more than 25 years’ experience in our field, engineers often consult with us to determine the best material for their applications. Once specified, they know our products will perform consistently through their application’s life cycle, thanks to our rigorous AS9100/ISO9001 Quality Management System and unique process control technology. In addition, our in-house machining and injection molding operations afford hybrid molded/machined parts when needed for precision tolerances and allow an easy transition from machined to molded parts.

On service, Drake’s on-time delivery is typically 98% or better, and 100% customer satisfaction is the norm. Our friendly and knowledgeable team look forward to adding you to our long list of happy customers.

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Why use Torlon?...


Torlon polyamide-imide is recognized as the highest performance thermoplastic that is still melt processible. Torlon can be extruded into shapes and injection molded into custom geometries.

With a 270°C and more heat distortion temperature (softening temperature) and a 200 - 220 °C continuous service temperature(UL RTI), Torlon offers unmatched strength at elevated temperatures. It is better at 200°C than any other engineering resin at room temperature. Torlon is also tougher and more impact resistant at cryogenic temperatures than other high strength polymers.

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... and why PEEK?


PEEK is recognized as having the best balance of chemical resistance, wear resistance and heat resistance among all thermoplastics. It is melt processible allowing for processing into shapes by extrusion and parts by injection molding.

Technically PEEK is part of a family of polyarylether ketones (PAEK) but the PEEK acronym is most recognized. Related chemistries based on PEK and PEKK offer unique thermal benefits to the traditional PAEK’s.

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Or why use Ryton?

Ryton R-4 has a Tg of 88°C and delivers impressive mechanical strength, electrical insulation, and exceptional chemical and hot water resistance. In fact, it has no known solvents below 200°C. Its performance and cost make it an excellent choice for applications in aggressive chemicals at elevated temperatures.

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Why use Ultem?

Ultem PEI has a Tg of 217°C, and retains its strength and rigidity up to 200°C. Highly dimensionally stable, 30% glass fiber reinforced Ultem 2300 has an in-flow coefficient of linear thermal expansion (CLTE) comparable to aircraft-grade aluminum.

Other key properties include flame resistance, high dielectric strength, hydrolytic stability, and resistance to long-term exposure to steam and many chemicals. Drake offers Ultem 2300 in Seamless Tube®, and specialty Ultem formulations in custom shapes.

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