KYDEX is a thermoplastic acrylic-polyvinyl chloride that is known for its hardness and rigidity. Introduced in 1965, KYDEX was used primarily for aerospace components due to its strength and relatively light weight and ease of KYDEX fabricating and KYDEX machining.
Though remarkably solid at room temperature, KYDEX can be easily molded or formed when heated. The blending of acrylic and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) gives KYDEX its unique blend of sturdiness (from the PVC component) and pliability (from the acrylic component).
Because of its lightweight yet sturdy qualities, KYDEX fabrication is extremely popular in the production of gun holsters and knife sheaths. Alternative materials, such as leather, are significantly more prone to stretching or deforming, moisture absorption, and general wear and tear. KYDEX also has valuable applications in medical equipment, automotive parts, and aerospace components.
KYDEX is best formed at between 290 degrees Fahrenheit and 325 degrees Fahrenheit and is not to exceed 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Regarding KYDEX distribution and sales, KYDEX is generally sold in sheets and comes in a number of different colors, thicknesses, and textures. In terms of KYDEX fabrication, KYDEX can be drilled, cut, formed, or pressed with relative ease for KYDEX fabricators.