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.

 

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Surface Roughness

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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

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Tensile properties comparison*
Material Tensile Strength 
at Break, MPa
Tensile Modulus, 
GPa
Ixef 1022  (50% glass fiber) 280 20
Ixef 1032  (60% glass fiber) 280 24
Tin Bronze 300 105
Brass 250 105
Annealed Zinc 150 105
Zinc Alloy (4% Al, 0.04% Mg) 280 85
Annealed Aluminum (99.6%) 70 69
Duralumin 190 74
Al Ag3 Alloy 140 69

*ASTM Test Method at 23°C (73°F)

 

Flexural Strength vs. Flexural Modulus

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