As indicated in Chapter 1 of Plastics Fundamentals, Properties, and Testing, the family of polymers is
extraordinarily large and varied. There are, however, some fairly broad and basic approaches that can be
followed when designing or fabricating a product out of polymers or, more commonly, polymers
compounded with other ingredients. The type of fabrication process to be adopted depends on the
properties and characteristics of the polymer and on the shape and form of the final product.