Recently, Heat Shrink Tubing has become popular with car enthusiasts and PC case molders, who use PVC or polyolefin heat shrink tubing to keep wires tidy, and to add to the appearance of their machines. Special consumer heat shrink products have been produced for these markets, and are available in a wide variety of colors and finishes, including UV reactive versions.

More hardwearing heat shrink tubing materials include neoprene – which remains flexible even at very low temperatures, silicone rubber – which is highly durable and abrasion resistant, and various fluoropolymers, which are chemical resistant and have a wide continuous operating temperature tolerance.

Heat Shrink Tubing are used for a variety of purposes. The most common uses are in the field of electrical engineering, where heat shrinkable tube is used to protect conductors, connections, joints and terminals from wear and tear, and weather damage.

Heat shrinkable tube can be used to repair damaged wires, bundle groups of wires together, and to act as a seal at cable entry points.

Some people use heat shrink tubing to form makeshift aglets for shoelaces, or to bond the ends of other clothing ties.

As well as electronic applications, sometimes, Heat shrink tubing suppliers supply heat shrink tubing used in clothing, for example to make aglets for the end of shoelaces, or to make decorative tie ends. Some creative designers use multi-colored heat shrink tubing to make patterned lace ends, and then seal the pattern with clear tubing that has been lined with adhesive. The possibilities for this kind of tubing are endless; limited only by the imagination of the user.