Thermoplastic elastomers combine the mechanical properties of rubber-based materials (e.g. high elasticity, abrasion resistance, and friction) with the good processability and recyclability of thermoplastics. This TPE film can be stretched up to 600 percent before it breaks. It is temperature resistant from -50 °C to 100 °C (unstretched material) and has good chemical and UV resistance. It is food safe and does not contain latex (to which some people are allergic).
TPE film is used to make flexible and waterproof diapers and for elastic straps for medical products that come in contact with the skin.
TPEs are a broad category of elastomeric materials; the sample is made from a TPE variant called SEBS (Styrene-Ethylene/Butylene-Styrene). TPEs are difficult to glue but are routinely moulded onto rigid plastics to give handles a better grip.
The sample measures 40 cm x 40 cm and has a thickness of 0.25 mm.
All samples come with a laminated information card, which includes contact details for the supplier.