How Electrical Plastics Are Changing Our Devices Inside And Out

It's true that plastics are taking many industries by storm thanks to their sturdiness and versatility. This fact is especially true in the electronics industry. Thanks to electrical plastics, modern electronics are able to do more with less. But which plastics are used in electronics, and what exactly are their benefits? Learn more below.

Which Plastics Can Be Used As Electronic Plastic?

The most commonly used plastics for electrical applications are acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polycarbonate. Both of these plastics can be thermoformed into a variety of shapes and are, like many types of plastic, used for insulators to help guide and contain electrical currents. Let's explore more of the properties that make these plastics ideal for electrical enclosures.


Polycarbonate is one of the strongest plastics, with a very high impact resistance that can even be bulletproof in some cases. ABS is also quite strong. Both of these plastics are frequently used in electronics casing to protect all the delicate parts that make our devices run.


ABS and polycarbonate can easily be thermoformed into any shape or size necessary and can also be dyed any color. Parts, no matter how small or unique, can be created using plastic electrical insulator varieties like ABS and polycarbonate. Not to mention the finished product looks great!

Flame Retardance

In terms of safety, ABS and polycarbonate are among the safest types of plastic used for insulators. If any sort of electrical malfunction occurs within a device, nothing will be able to catch fire. And in the event that something does, the flame will go out quickly. While many plastics require an additional layer of resin to meet flame resistance regulations, many forms of ABS and polycarbonate already meet them on their own.

Temperature Resistant

Whether temperatures are extremely high or low, you can count on ABS and polycarbonate plastic casing for electronics to keep everything running. Your electronics casing won't become warped or misshapen because of high temperatures. At the same time, critical parts like your battery are less likely to be damaged in low temperatures.

Cost Effective

Electronic plastic is becoming more common because it is relatively inexpensive to produce compared to other traditional electronic materials. Using plastics more frequently costs manufacturers less, which in turn means that electronics can be more affordable without sacrificing quality.

To Summarize The Benefits Of Electronic Plastic:

  • Their strength keeps your devices safe, inside and out.
  • They can be formed in any shape and dyed any color.
  • Their flame resistance reinforces safety.
  • Their temperature resistance means they’ll keep your devices safe from heat and cold.
  • Their cost effectiveness means we'll be seeing a lot more of them in the future.

Learn More About Electrical Plastics & More At A&C Plastics

As your "partner in plastics," A&C Plastics is dedicated to not only bringing you the products you need, but also the knowledge to make the best choice for your project. Learn more about electrical plastics and all the other varieties that are helping shape industries across the board today