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Success with Radioactive Materials Packaging

FR-3700 Performance Core Series is the only polyurethane foam that can be used in the nuclear industry as an impact absorber and thermal insulator for fire protection in radioactive materials packaging.

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Dielectric Materials for Use in Radomes

Many polyurethane foams offer a wide variety of physical properties, as well as desirable dielectric properties for applications requiring minimal dielectric constant and loss tangent.

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Effective Material Selection Helped Shape the Business of STM

Solid Terrain Modeling has been exclusively using General Plastics' LAST-A-FOAM® FR-7100 foam series boards since the beginning. The foam maintains consistent quality and structural integrity from piece to piece, is easy to machine, bond and paint.

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Subsea Foam Equipped ROVs to Dive Deeper

Outland Technology turned to General Plastics' LAST-A-FOAM® R-3300 series to provide underwater buoyancy for their ROV's. The product they ultimately chose, the R-3315, could go to depths up to 700 feet uncoated and 1,400 feet when coated.

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High-Temperature Tooling Board for Advanced Composites

Hexcel Corporation chose LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4718 High-Temperature Tooling Board for soft tooling a master mold. This product served as an excellent substrate because of its high Tg and compressive modulus, and predictable CTE.

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R-9300 Continuous Insulation Block Series

In cold-storage and industrial facilities, LAST-A-FOAM® R-9300 Structural Continuous Insulation construction blocks create an insulation envelope from the building roof to below ground. Combining their high-strength structural support with a thermal barrier stems energy losses at the slab, walls and roof. Architects, engineers and other design professionals use them to fulfill a full range of applications

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Blast Tamer

The Air National Guard (ANG) contacted General Plastics as it explored rigid polyurethane foam solutions to munitions storage for its civil air defense facilities. In particular, it sought a cost-effective, nonflammable barrier solution for storage of Division 1.1 and 1.4 explosives in a smaller footprint to reduce costs.

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See examples of artistic, architectural and product concept sculptures crafted from LAST-A-FOAM®

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Student Design Competition

As part of our General Plastics Foam Challenge, we donate tooling and modeling board to undergraduate student teams. Future engineers and designers use our high-strength, low-weight polyurethane foam material to build prototype or model projects they enter into primarily engineering competitions

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Burn Therapy Masks

Our LAST-A-FOAM®FR-4540 tooling board material is used by CimMed, Inc. of Algona, Washington to manufacture state-of-the-art compression therapy masks. These masks optimize the healing of burn patients while saving hospitals precious time and resources.

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Scaled Models

Model makers have constructed full-scale models of wide-ranging of aircraft partially or completely out of LAST-A-FOAM® FR-7100 and FR-4500 materials. In each case, the model makers found it very easy to bond and finish the materials, and appreciated the excellent workability of the foam.

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Topographical Models and Maps

Solid Terrain Models (STM) of Fillmore, California has created highly accurate topographical models and maps using our LAST-A-FOAM® FR-7100 Multi-use Core and Modeling Board Series. These models and maps are widely considered to be the best available.

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NASA Space Shuttle RSRM

General Plastics’ materials were put to the test in NASA’s Space Shuttle program as key components for the Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM) system. These solid-rocket boosters helped power the orbiter during liftoff.

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