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The team at JC Finley are KYDEX fabricators specializing in KYDEX machining, KYDEX fabrication, and KYDEX distribution. As a KYDEX fabricator and KYDEX manufacturing company, we’ve been providing quality and specialized service to all of our customers in need of KYDEX plastic. Not sure where to begin? Contact the JC Finley team to get started. As our saying goes, if you can dream it, JC Finley can make it.

KYDEX Attributes

KYDEX is arguably best known for its strength and durability (in fact, it bears a 90 on the Rockwell hardness scale). Sufficiently resilient to impacts, KYDEX is extremely difficult to accidentally bend or break. Compared to its strength, KYDEX is remarkably lightweight and remains a popular material for airplane tray tables and overhead compartment doors (two components that certainly take their fair share of abuse). Though easy to score and cut to size for fabrication purposes, KYDEX is rather difficult to accidentally scratch. And textured KYDEX does an exceptionally good job at naturally hiding scratches should one be sustained. In addition, due to its part-PVC makeup, KYDEX is highly resistant to stains and corrosive chemicals.

KYDEX Description

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.

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