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Plastics consist of a family of materials, not a single material. Each member of this family has its own distinct and special properties. From different combinations of elements, it is possible to create different plastics with almost any quality desired in an end product. Some plastic products are similar to existing conventional materials but can be produced more economically. Some plastic products represent significant property improvements over existing materials. For example, in 1993 Maurice Ward invented a polymer called Starlite, which is nearly impervious to heat, flames, and lasers, and which emits very few toxic fumes in the process. This diversity has made plastics applicable to a broad range of end uses today.
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