How To Plastics is a very interesting series of YouTube videos.


Whether your looking for plastics to use at home or on an industrial scale here is some info to get you started.

To understand plastics it is worth looking into a bit of their history. This can be found at there is also a short 33 page book they do, that you can download History of Plastics PDF


Wikipedia: Resin Casting Resin casting is a method of plastic casting where a mold is filled with a liquid synthetic resin, which then hardens. It is primarily used for small-scale production like industrial prototypes and dentistry. It can be done by amateur hobbyists with little initial investment, and is used in the production of collectible toys, models and figures, as well as small-scale jewelry production.

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Phenol formaldehyde resin

Wikipedia: Phenol formaldehyde resin Phenol formaldehyde resins (PF) are synthetic polymers obtained by the reaction of phenol or substituted phenol with formaldehyde. Phenolic resins are mainly used in the production of circuit boards. They are better known however for the production of molded products including pool balls, laboratory countertops, and as coatings and adhesives. In the form of Bakelite, they are the earliest commercial synthetic resin.


Acrylic may refer to:

  • Acrylic fiber, a synthetic fiber of polyacrylonitrile
  • Acrylic glass or poly(methyl methacrylate), a transparent thermoplastic
  • Acrylic paint, fast-drying paint containing pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion
  • Acrylic resin, a group of related thermoplastic or thermosetting plastic substances
  • Acrylate polymer, a group of polymers (plastics) noted for transparency and elasticity

Plexiglas, Acrylite, Lucite, and Perspex.

Wikipedia: Poly(methyl methacrylate) Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) is a transparent thermoplastic often used as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass. Although it is not technically a type of glass, the substance has sometimes historically been called acrylic glass was first brought to market in 1933 by the Rohm and Haas Company, under the trademark Plexiglas.[4] It has since been sold under many different names, including Acrylite, Lucite, and Perspex.

Polymer Clay

Wikipedia: Polymer clay Polymer clay is a type of hardenable modelling clay based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It typically contains no clay minerals, but like mineral clay a liquid is added to dry particles until it achieves gel-like working properties, and similarly, the part is put into an oven to harden, hence its colloquial designation as clay.


Modelling Clay and Moldable Plastic for Prototyping