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UHMW

Shop for UHMW sheets and rods. Also known as “UHMWPE”, and UHMW-PE. Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW) comes in a variety of thicknesses, sizes, cut-to-size strips, blocks, grades, and colors. Grades include virgin, reprocessed, anti-static, FDA compliant, glass-filled, oil-filled, enhanced bearing and wear, x-ray, and metal detectable. UHMW tape is also available. Have UHMW cut and machined into fabricated parts for your application.

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Buy UHMW now with our easy, secure checkout. Enter custom-cuts or cut-to-size when ordering. No minimums required. Volume discounts available for large commercial orders. Stocked UHMW materials typically ship in 2-5 business days. Can’t find what you need? Get a quote.

What is UHMW?

UHMW or UHMW-PE (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene) is an extremely tough plastic with high abrasion and wear resistance. The versatility of polyethylene has made it a popular plastic for countless industrial applications that require durability, low friction, and chemical resistance. UHMW is easy to fabricate and machine.

What is Virgin UHMW?
Virgin UHMW is an unfilled grade of UHMW.

What is Reprocessed UHMW?
Reprocessed UHMW is an economical alternative to virgin UHMW for non-food applications.

Is UHMW FDA Compliant?
Some grades of UHMW comply with one or more of the FDA’s guidelines for direct food contact. LubX® C is an FDA compliant UHMW with a lower coefficient of friction that eliminates the slip-stick effect or backsliding. LubX® C is used for high performance sliding in material handling applications. Need help finding an FDA compliant UHMW material for your application? Ask a plastics expert.

Can UHMW be used as a wood replacement?
Yes. Because UHMW offers very low moisture absorption it is a popular choice for marine construction applications like dock fender pads, pile guards, and anti-skid walkways. UHMW does not corrode, rot, or splinter like wood.

What are common brands of UHMW?
UHMW brands include Polystone® M, Tivar®, and GUR®.

What are common UHMW applications?
UHMW is widely used for chute, hopper, and truck bed liners, wear strips and guide rails, star wheels and idler sprockets, rollers, high speed conveyors, packaging and food processing machinery parts, marine dock bumpers, fenders, and pile guards, plus many more applications.

UHMW Standard Sizes, Cut-to-Size, and Fabrication

  • UHMW sheet thicknesses– 0.031 in, 0.062 in, 0.125 in, 0.187 in, 0.250 in, 0.312 in, 0.375 in, 0.437 in, 0.500 in, 0.625 in, 0.750 in, 0.875 in, 1 in, 1.250 in, 1.375 in, 1.500 in, 1.750 in, 2 in, 2.250 in, 2.500 in, 2.750 in, 3 in, 3.250 in, 3.500 in, 3.750 in, 4 in

  • UHMW sheet sizes– 12 in x 12 in, 12 in x 24 in, 12 in x 48 in, 48 in x 48 in, 48 in x 96 in, 48 in x 120 in. Need UHMW rectangular bar or strips? Purchase a 48 in x 120 in sheet and have it cut into 1 in x 120 in, 2 in x 120 in, 3 in x 120 in, or any other size you require. Polystone® Megasheet is available in 96 in x 240 in for larger applications. Get a quote

  • UHMW rod sizes– diameter 0.250 in - 10 in, length 1 ft, 5 ft, and 10 ft

UHMW tape is also available. See our UHMW tape offerings.

UHMW colors– UHMW is available in colors including white (natural), black, green, lime green, blue, and dark blue. 

Cut-to-Size and Fabrication– Looking for UHMW sheets cut-to-size for easy shipping or to meet your specific application requirements? Buy it online and choose your cut dimensions or ask about our UHMW fabrication services.

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UHMW samples– Buy UHMW sheet online as small as 12 in x 12 in. Perfect for sample use. Available now for easy purchase with a credit card.

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