Rubber vs Elastomer

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  • They are often used interchangeably in industry etc, due to the original synthetic elastomers being designed as a direct replacement
  • This group is now reffered to as Synthetic Rubbers and behave similarly, and are often Vulcanized
  • There are however more elastomers which can't be vulcanized, and are Thermoplastics instead of Thermosets , They also have vastly different properties
  • Therefore for clarity, and to a certain degree accuracy these materials can be classified as:
  • Again for common usage the difference isn't needed, but for technical descriptions etc, and avoiding ambiguity/confusion it is useful

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