Aesthetics and Strength – A Beautiful Combination
Ixef® PARA (polyarylamide) provides a unique combination of strength and aesthetics, making it ideal for complex parts that require both overall strength and a smooth, beautiful surface.
Ixef® compounds typically contain 50-60% glass fiber reinforcement, giving them remarkable strength and rigidity. What makes them unique is that even with high glass loadings, the smooth, resin-rich surface delivers a high-gloss, glass-free finish that’s ideal for painting, metallization or producing a naturally reflective shell.
High flow into thin walls
In addition, Ixef® PARA is an extremely high-flow resin so it can readily fill walls as thin as 0.5 mm, even with glass loadings as high as 60%.
Excellent Surface Finish
Superb, resin-rich surface provides a highly polished appearance, even with high glass fiber content.
Very High Strength and Stiffness
The tensile and flexural strength of Ixef compounds are similar to many cast metals and alloys at ambient temperature. Ixef 1032 (60% glass fiber) exhibits typical values of 280 MPa and 400 MPa respectively at 23°C (73°F).
Tensile Strength vs. Tensile Modulus
|Tensile properties comparison*|
at Break, MPa
|Ixef 1022 (50% glass fiber)||280||20|
|Ixef 1032 (60% glass fiber)||280||24|
|Zinc Alloy (4% Al, 0.04% Mg)||280||85|
|Annealed Aluminum (99.6%)||70||69|
|Al Ag3 Alloy||140||69|
*ASTM Test Method at 23°C (73°F)
Flexural Strength vs. Flexural Modulus
Broad Product Range
The semi-aromatic, semi-crystalline polyamide base resin is compounded with glass fiber, carbon fiber, mineral and/or advanced fillers. Impact modified and flame retardant grades as well as custom colors are available.
|Glass Fiber Reinforced|
|Ixef 1022||50% glass fiber, general purpose for injection molding|
|Ixef 1027||50% glass fiber, improved thermal stability|
|Ixef 1032||60% glass fiber, general purpose for injection molding|
|Ixef 1521||50% glass fiber, flame retardant|
|Ixef 1524||50% glass fiber, halogen-free flame retardant|
|Ixef 1622||50% glass fiber, impact modified|
|Mineral/Glass Fiber Reinforced|
|Ixef 2030||55% mineral/glass fiber, low warpage
|Glass Fiber Reinforced|
|Ixef 1002||30% glass fiber|
|Ixef GS-1022||50% glass fiber, gamma stabilized for healthcare applications|
|Ixef 1025||50% glass fiber, UV stabilized for automotive applications|
|Carbon Fiber Reinforced|
|Ixef 3008||30% carbon fiber|
|Food-Contact and Potable Water Applications|
|Ixef FC-1022||50% glass-fiber reinforced, approved for food-contact|
|Ixef DW-1022||50% glass-fiber reinforced, approved for potable water applications|