History

The first commercial thermoset plastic was developed by Dr. Leo Baekeland in 1909.
It was a phenolic material trade named Bakelite. This thermoset material offered the new benefit of being firmly set -- not changing its shape, even under heat and pressure.
Bakelite was used extensively as an insulating material for handles on cookware and irons, and later found its way into applications such as telephone earpieces, electrical housings and connecting blocks. It was also a key ingredient in many of the weapons used in World War II.

Since that time, different thermoset types made their entry (see: types of plastics).

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  • The matchball for the 2016 European Football championship has a unique symmetry due to six identical propeller-shaped polymer panels. (Photo:¬©Adidas)
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