High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)

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Performance Characteristics
Typical Applications
Typical Properties
High impact polystyrene (HIPS) is a low cost, tough plastic material that is
easy to thermoform and fabricate. It is often used for:

High impact polystyrene can be assembled with mechanical fasteners, solvents, or adhesives.

Printable grades of polystyrene can be decorated using a variety of printing methods including:

  • Screen-printing
  • Offset lithography
  • Flexography

HIPS Standard Sizes

SHEET 48"x96" (0.03"-0.25" thick)
  • Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size and by manufacturer
  • Custom sizes and colors available upon request
  • Many of our plastic materials are available as films with thicknesses of 0.029" or less

HIPS Grades, Colors, and Textures

  • FDA compliant grades
  • Wide variety of colors
  • Wide variety of textures

NOTE: Several grades of HIPS are available. For additional information on high impact polystyrene plastic materials, contact your local Curbell Plastics representative or call Curbell at 1-888-287-2355.
Performance Characteristics
  • Low cost
  • Easy to paint on
  • Easy to print on
  • Easy to assemble with adhesives or solvents
  • Outstanding thermoforming characteristics
  • Good machinability
  • High impact strength
Typical Properties
Tensile strength psi D-638 3,500
Flexural modulus psi D-790 310,000
Izod impact (notched) ft-lbs/in of notch D-256 2.0
Heat deflection temperature @ 264 psi °F D-648 185
Maximum continuous service temperature in air °F -
Water absorption (immersion 24 hours) % D-570 -
Coefficient of linear thermal expansion in/in/°Fx10-5 D-696 4.5
Values may vary according to brand name. Please ask your Curbell Plastics representative for more specific information about an individual brand.
Contact Curbell Plastics at 1-888-287-2355 for more specific information about high impact polystyrene (HIPS) plastic or complete our request for quote
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