The global market for heat shrink tubing and materials is at approximately $1.8 billion. By 2027, this number is projected to reach $2.6 billion. However, we know that ultimately the value of heat shrink boils down to how it benefits and makes your life easier. This article will cover the basics of heat shrink followed by four of its applications spanning numerous industries.

Heat shrink is a plastic film that can wrap around any wire or object no matter its size. The capabilities of heat shrink were discovered after World War II when they found that radiation was capable of modifying the molecular structure of certain plastics. Paul Cook, the founder of Raychem, used radiation chemistry to create covalent bonds between a polymer’s atoms. This explains why plastic can be cross-linked and stretched into an expanded form that once heat is applied, it automatically shrinks back to its original form (referred to as plastic memory).

These versatile features of heat shrink make it ideal for these four (among many others) uses:

Overall, although most people don’t think about heat shrink until they need it, it’s a top go-to when it comes to work and home projects. It only requires the right heat shrink application material and a heat source, and you are on your way to a watertight seal!

Four Top Reasons to Use Heat Shrink