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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).


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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Industry Deep Dives

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

All Pillar Pages

More Resources

Our popular resources, including our monthly newsletters, blog, and our video library.

Education Overview

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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Go here to request a quote or for general questions (document requests, billing inquiries, etc.).


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Have a material or application question for our engineering team? Want to send us a file for review? Go here.


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On-Demand Education Webinars

On-Demand Educational Webinars

These on-demand sessions cover topics ranging from selecting the right bearing material to calculating PV and much more.

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Coefficient of Friction

Learn all about friction, how to measure it, and it's importance in bearing design.
(45 min.)

Rulon® Materials

A survey of key Rulon PTFE materials for bearing, seal and structural applications, including technical specs and examples.
(45 min.)

CJ Bearing Family

Learn all about the CJ bearing family, including the history, composition, key technical specs and applications. Includes information about the CJ, FCJ, and Super CJ variants.
(43 min.)

Ultracomp® Materials

Ultracomp is self-lubricating, easy to machine, has exceptional resistance to vibration and impact. Learn about the various Ultracomp grades, including composition, key technical specs and applications. 
(48 min.)

TriSteel Bearings

Learn about the TriSteel family, with a focus on both liner and backing materials, key technical specs, recent technology advances, and application examples. 
(35 min.)

Plane Bearing Design

An in-depth look at plane bearings, what they are, where they are used, and how they are designed. Topics include key engineering specifications, comparisons of common materials, and application examples.
(59 min.)

Plastics 101

A wide-ranging introduction to plastic materials, from the basic commodity grades to the specialized Imides. Includes key properties, design considerations, and application examples.
(56 min.)


Learn all about theromoplastics, how they are created and manipulated, advantages and disadvantages, how they differ from thermoset plastics, and see examples of their uses.
(49 min.)


An introduction to thermoset plastics - plastic materials that, once melted, formed, and cooled to a finished shape, cannot be reformed. Learn how they are produced, their benefits and drawbacks, and common applications.
(34 min.)

Why Do Metal Bearings Fail?

Learn about the many ways metal bearings can fail and what can be done to diagnose, prevent, and mitigate the damage. Topics include: metal bearing types, lubrication issues, excessive loading, corrosion, brinelling, and Babbitt bearing failure.
(36 min.)


Learn all about Fluoropolymers, their history, characteristics, variants, and where and when to use them. Includes information about their manufacture, and specific examples of their usage.
(59 min.)

Ketones (PEEK)

The Ketones (PEEKs) are a high-performance family of plastics designed to operate at 300°F and above. Learn about the most common formulations, and see key specs and real-world application examples.
(35 min.)

Polyamide Imides (Torlon®)

Polyamide-imides are a family of materials that offer excellent high temperature strength, low temperature toughness, excellent chemical resistance and impact strength. Learn about common applications and their advantages/disadvantages.
(42 min.)

Machining Plastics

Machining plastics requires more care and attention than machining metals. Our webinar highlights some of the unique challenges involved and provides tips for drilling, milling, turning, and sawing various materials. 
(47 min.)