Frequently Asked Questions: Materials
Very often people use generic terms to describe specific types
of plastic film. For example
one of the most popular generic terms used to refer to film
is "Acetate". However, Acetate is a specific type
of cellulosic based polymer that is one of the oldest types
of material used for making plastic film. This is why it is
so commonly used to refer to plastic film.
The meanings of these generic terms can vary from industry
to industry. An example of this situation is use of the name
"Mylar(R)" Mylar(R) is the registered trademark
owned by the E.I. Dupont Corporation for Bi-Axially Oriented
Polyester Film. There are dozens of different types and grades
of Mylar(R), however the term is generically used to describe
a range of different films. For example people who work in
the Architecture or Engineering business usually use the term
Mylar when discussing matte drafting film, which is a translucent
base polyester film with a matte coating that can be drawn
on with pen & ink. People who work in Graphic Arts, Printing,
or Document Archiving areas tend to use the term Mylar(R)
to refer to Clear Polyester Film.
Grafix Plastics stocks a wide variety of different kinds of plastic film products, in a variety of thicknesses and finishes. Our Plastic Film Products page outlines all the different types of plastic film that we offer.