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Bearing Materials

TriStar offers a wide range of bearing materials that are ideal for non-lubricated, high-load applications.

Saint Gobain Materials

TriStar is the exclusive partner of Saint Gobain for Rulon materials in North America. 

Materials and Fabrication

Our capabilities include component design, material selection, prototype, production, and manufacturing.

Materials Database

Use our interactive database to search for and compare over 450 materials.


Surface Modification

Learn how our Enhanced Materials Divison (EMD) modifies existing materials to meet specific needs.



Since 1982 we have been combining the skills of TriStar’s engineering team, our extensive product line, and our deep understanding of a broad range of industries to bring you solutions to your most challenging engineering needs.

Problems / Solutions

Explore the common causes of bearing failure and learn how advanced polymer and composite bearings can address them.

Application Case Studies

Enhanced Materials Division (EMD)

EMD  positions TriStar Plastics as the leading resource to solve your demanding engineering material challenges.

Enhanced Materials Division (EMD)


View our library of engineering worksheets — the quickest way to communicate your project specs — or reach out to our engineering team.


Here are a few of our most popular online engineering tools - including our PV calc and material database (450+ materials).


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Technical Library

Our collection of case studies, product specs, brochures and other key technical documents.

Free White Papers

Our library of free-to-download white papers focus on industry-based solutions, specific materials, bearing design, and more...

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Deep Dives

These pillar pages provide in-depth information on bearings and problem/solutions for specific industires.

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About Us

TriStar Plastics Corp. provides engineering, custom fabrication and manufacturing of high-performance plastics and self-lubricating bearing materials. 


We're dedicated to building a company where opportunities exist for talented people to achieve their maximum potential.

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Plasma Surface Modification Innovates in Medical Applications

Plasma Surface Modification Innovates in Medical Applications


The burgeoning medical field poses all new challenges for the plastics industry - and TriStar leads the way in manufacturing plastic components for enhanced patient outcomes.

Our clients supply the leaders in the medical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries, and we’ve helped them realize the cost and yield benefits of altering plastic material for a variety of scientific applications.

Did you know?

TriStar was the first to use surface modification to alter PEEK and PVC materials to accept timed-release medications used in surgery and recovery? And that our engineers have improved the molecular adhesion of microplates and microfludic devices used in cell generation?

We’ve also applied our surface modification techniques to the following devices:


  • Drug delivery and storage


  • Micro-arrays, micro-fluidics, MEMs


  • Polycarbonate, glass, CR39, TrivexTM, PMMA, and urethane for lenses, films, depositions, and MOEMs

Want to learn more? Consult our experts to help you identify the best modification process for your unique medical challenge. We’ll choose from plasma, corona, photolysis, and parylene techniques, and help you evaluate the unique benefits of each treatment.

We also offer you:

  • Contract review
  • Analytical assistance
  • Surface modification equipment



Medical Surface Treatments

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