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An elastomer is a molecule that has elastic properties. The term name itself is derived from the words elastic and polymer. Owing to their unique ambient temperature qualities, elastomers are important for the development of rubber products.
The term elastomer is often used interchangeably with rubber. Frequently, sex toys are made with a form of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), which is phthalate free and generally considered body safe.
Depending on their arrangement, elastomers make up different types of rubbers which are used for a variety of different commercial goods. These goods include seals and adhesives, as well as shoes and sex toys.
Elastomers are unique in that they can be stretched but will return to their original shape without permanent deformation. This characteristic is what makes elastomers valuable when developing products that need to maintain a shape while still being somewhat pliable.