Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, or UHMW, is a thermoplastic with a high abrasion resistance and excellent waterproof capabilities that make it a favorite material in several industries. Available in sheet, rod and tube formats, as well as a variety of profiles, to fit many needs. This tough, durable material also works well in applications where a low coefficient of friction is needed, making it quite versatile. Here are some of the top applications where UHMW is commonly found.
Polyethylene is the most commonly used plastic in the world, but how do you know if it’s the right yarn for your application? Consider the attributes of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) - a very tough subset of polyethylene that has a strength to weight ratio 8-15 times greater than steel.
UHMWPE is a linear polyethylene with a molecular weight more than 3 million. It is an outstanding plastic with the best self lubrication, impact absorbing properties and the highest resistance to abrasion, impact, chemicals of any thermoplastics polymer. It is regarded as an amazing material, and the new material will grow fast and be widely used.
This engineering plastic can be machined into virtually anything, from small (low load)gears and bearings to huge sprockets-shapes that until recently were only possible with metals. It not only outperforms metal in abrasion applications, it's also easier to machine and therefore cheaper. This versatile plastic can be milled, planed, sawed, drilled, and turned to create a huge variety of parts at a very competitive price. It possesses outstanding abrasion resistance, superior impact resistance, non-sticking and self-lubricating and excellent mechanical properties, even in cryogenic conditions.