PETG is an adaptation of a similar plastic, PET (Polyethylene terephthalate), with added glycol (hence the ‘G’). It’s a thermoplastic polyester known for its excellent strength, durability, chemical resistance, temperature resistance, and formability.
While PET is a good option for lots of products, PETG is more pliable, less brittle, has better shock resistance, and can better withstand high temperatures. It’s worth knowing the difference (and benefits of each) when choosing your plastic sheets!
One of the biggest benefits of PETG is that it can be pressure-formed and vacuumed, making it a hugely popular choice of packaging for various consumer products. It is also suitable for fabrication techniques such as cutting, routing, and bending, making it a versatile, all-round option.
It is possible to digitally print onto PETG, opening another door of potential uses that require lettering or graphics — like signs and displays.
Let’s take a look at some ways PETG can be used by businesses…
What is PETG used for?
PETG has a wide range of uses, in a variety of industries. Some common uses include:
- Packaging — food and cosmetics
- Plastic bottles
- Display units
- Medical uses (as it survives the sterilisation process) — implants, pharmaceutical packaging, medical device packaging.
- Machine guards
- Industrial components
This list doesn’t even scratch the surface. As PETG can be moulded into any shape, can be easily coloured, and has so many beneficial physical properties, businesses are finding more and more uses for this plastic every day.
Can you 3D print with PETG?
Yes — PETG is increasingly popular due to its compatibility with 3D printing. This allows manufacturers to tailor their PETG packaging, sheets, containers, and more to their clients’ specific requirements. Its low shrinkage, odourless, and layer adhesion makes it a highly favoured material option for the process.
Ask us about our plastic sheet cutting service so we can provide you with exactly what you need from your PETG.
PETG and the environment
When choosing a plastic, its impact on the environment will be a concern. Like most plastics, PETG will take decades to break down if taken to landfill. Nevertheless, it can be recycled using chemicals that break down its polymer chains. The resulting components can then be used to make new materials — reducing the risk of environmental contamination and reducing the demand on the water supply needed to create plastics from scratch.
So while recycling is a possibility, it’s up to businesses and consumers to ensure this happens.
Our PETG range
At Plastics Plus, we stock a wide range of PETG plastic sheets, such as Hipex G (from 3A Composites), Griphen (Arla Plast), 10-year UV protected PETG, Nudec anti-glare PETG, satin PETG and more.
To discuss which of our PETG products could be the best for you, contact our team today. We would be happy to discuss the difference between all our PETG plastic sheets with you.
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At Plastics Plus, we stock a fantastic variety of plastic sheets — from acrylic and PVC to PETG and APET. Whatever properties you’re searching for, talk to us about your options. We guarantee that we will have the ideal material in stock and our knowledgeable team members are always happy to help.
Read more about our service and contact us today to place an order. Our business is based in Wolverhampton and Nottingham, but we can deliver our plastic sheets across the UK. See our whole plastic product range and find that perfect solution today.