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FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF PLASTIC FRAME MATERIALS
Material Features Benefits Dispensing Tips
cellulose propionate injection-molded plastic comfortable, thin, good colors use little or no heat
carbon graphite nylon with carbon fibers durable, strong, thinner designs heat small areas at a time
Grilamid injection-molded plastic comfortable, durable, strong, light, flexible use little or no heat
Kevlar synthetic fiber durable, strong, lightweight not much adjustability
nylon synthetic, thermoplastic polymer impact resistant, comfortable, durable, light use hot water to adjust
Optyl epoxy resin comfortable, hypoallergenic, strong, light high heat, hold until cool
polyamide nylon and plastic comfortable, hypoallergenic thermoplastic use little or no heat
polycarbonate thermoplastic virtually unbreakable little or no adjustments possible
zyl cellulose and plastic affordable, easy to work with moderate heat

 

FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF METAL FRAME MATERIALS
Material Features Benefits Dispensing Tips
aluminum most abundant metal in the earth’s crust light, durable, nice finishes adjust carefully, can mar or kink
beryllium NASA-developed metal durable, comfortable, strong, light use pliers to adjust
beta titanium
titanium with vanadium and aluminum more adjustable pliers are easy to use on this
metal designed to be adjusted
bronze metal alloy (mostly bronze) corrosion resistant, light this metal should be easy
to adjust with pliers
cobalt metal alloy strong, light this strong metal can be difficult
to adjust; try one or two pliers
when adjusting
gold precious metal durable, corrosion resistant use pliers for adjustments; use care
as this soft metal can mar
magnesium metal alloy (mostly magnesium) light, durable ask supplier for tips on adjusting
this metal
memory metals
titanium alloy
strong, light, return to shape when bent use pliers, carefully use heat
on small areas
monel metal alloy (mostly nickel) affordable, strong, thin easy to adjust, use pliers
nickel silver
metal alloy (mostly copper) affordable, good colors easy to adjust, use pliers
palladium premium metal, usually an alloy additive
in high-end frames
light, strong, corrosion resistant be sure to ask supplier how to adjust
this semi-precious metal
stainless steel
mostly iron strong, thin very difficult to adjust, use pliers
titanium 100% titanium strong, light, hypoallergenic difficult to adjust, use pliers with care
wood natural material luxurious use pliers on metal parts
zinc alloy metal, anti-corrosive, lightweight, malleable strong, comfortable use pliers to adjust
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