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Cellulose polymers (CA)
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Cellulose is one of the main structural polymers in plants (specifically that of wood or cotton). These natural fibers are treated with acids to produce a resin, a process called 'esterification'. Cellulose acetate (CA), cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) and cellulose acetate propionate (CAP) are three common cellulose materials. CA combines toughness, transparency and a natural surface texture. Some cellulose resins are biodegradable allowing their use for envelopes with transparent windows that can be disposed of as if they were paper alone. Source: “Materials and Design: the Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design.” Materials and Design: the Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, by M. F. Ashby and Kara Johnson, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2014, p. 216.
Typical Uses: Tool handles; panels for illuminated signs; steering wheels; bathroom fittings; decorative trim for cars and consumer durables; drawing stencils; pens; pneumatic system traps; blister packaging; laminating with aluminum foil; Spectacle frames; lenses; goggles; tool handles; covers for television screens; cutlery handles.
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