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NON-TOXIC
IMPACT-RESISTANT
Low Moisture Absorption

Custom parts made in HDPE

HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) is a thermoplastic that belongs to the polyolefin group of materials and is commonly used as a replacement for wood in marine applications. Sometimes you’ll hear it referred to as “plastic lumber” because of its excellent impact resistance, low moisture absorption, and high tensile strength.

This material is lightweight but tough, making it great for applications such as marine surfaces and bulkheads, industrial containers, structural components, and washers. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s especially useful in marine applications because of its non-toxic and non-staining nature.

When wood won’t cut it: Try HDPE

HDPE boards are long-lasting, low maintenance, and safe, making them a healthy addition to your project. Resistant to molds, mildew, and other forms of rot, this material is uniquely suited for conditions where water transport or exposure are major factors. It’s able to be effectively sterilized and as such is used in many food and beverage applications. Wildly enough, this petroleum-based plastic is even used in reconstructive surgeries.

Water isn’t the only liquid this material is compatible with. HDPE is a great choice for use with most common chemicals, solvents, acids, detergents, and cleaning fluids. And if you’re still not sold, it’s easily recycled, has an amazing strength to density ratio, and has extreme corrosion resistance.

The best part? You don’t need to know how to cut it, we’ll take care of that for you. 

Material Details

Details
Advertised Thickness .250″ | 6.35mm
Gauge N/A
Thickness Tolerance Positive .013″
Thickness Tolerance Negative .012″
Cutting Process CNC Router
Cut Tolerance .005″
Available Operations
Deburring No
Bending No
Tapping Yes
Powder Coating No
Hardware No
Design Considerations
Min Part Size 1″ x 2″
Max Part Size 44″ x 30″
Min Hole Size .125″
Min Bridge Size .250″
Tab and Slot Tolerance .020″
Smallest Tap M4 X 0.7
Largest Tap 1/2-20
Min Tapping Part Size 1″ x 1.5″
Max Tapping Part Size 36″ x 46″
Properties
Density 59.27 lbs/ft^3
Tensile Strength (Ultimate) 3.4 ksi
Tensile Strength (Yield) 4 ksi
Dielectric Strength (V/mil) 1/8″ 450 – 500
Shear Modulus 120 ksi
Comprehensive (Crushing) Strength 3 ksi
Impact Strength (Notched Izod) 4.8 ft-lb/in
Rockwell Hardness R65
Elongation at Break 100%
Elastic Modulus 150 ksi
Flexular Modulus 175 ksi
Thermal Conductivity 0.26 BTU/h-ft- °F
Melting Point 260 °F
Vicat Softening Temperature 160 °F
Continuous Service Temp (Operating), °F (mainly for plastics) (MAX) 180 °F
Magnetic No
Details
Advertised Thickness .375″ | 9.53mm
Gauge N/A
Thickness Tolerance Positive .019″
Thickness Tolerance Negative .019″
Cutting Process CNC Router
Cut Tolerance .005″
Available Operations
Deburring No
Bending No
Tapping Yes
Powder Coating No
Hardware No
Design Considerations
Min Part Size 1″ x 2″
Max Part Size 44″ x 30″
Min Hole Size .125″
Min Bridge Size .375″
Tab and Slot Tolerance .025″
Smallest Tap M4 X 0.7
Largest Tap 1/2-20
Min Tapping Part Size 1″ x 1.5″
Max Tapping Part Size 36″ x 46″
Properties
Density 59.27 lbs/ft^3
Tensile Strength (Ultimate) 3.4 ksi
Tensile Strength (Yield) 4 ksi
Dielectric Strength (V/mil) 1/8″ 450 – 500
Shear Modulus 120 ksi
Comprehensive (Crushing) Strength 3 ksi
Impact Strength (Notched Izod) 4.8 ft-lb/in
Rockwell Hardness R65
Elongation at Break 100%
Elastic Modulus 150 ksi
Flexular Modulus 175 ksi
Thermal Conductivity 0.26 BTU/h-ft- °F
Melting Point 260 °F
Vicat Softening Temperature 160 °F
Continuous Service Temp (Operating), °F (mainly for plastics) (MAX) 180 °F
Magnetic No
Details
Advertised Thickness .500″ | 12.7mm
Gauge N/A
Thickness Tolerance Positive .025″
Thickness Tolerance Negative .025″
Cutting Process CNC Router
Cut Tolerance .005″
Available Operations
Deburring No
Bending No
Tapping Yes
Powder Coating No
Hardware No
Design Considerations
Min Part Size 1″ x 2″
Max Part Size 44″ x 30″
Min Hole Size .125″
Min Bridge Size .500″
Tab and Slot Tolerance .030″
Smallest Tap M4 X 0.7
Largest Tap 1/2-20
Min Tapping Part Size 1″ x 1.5″
Max Tapping Part Size 36″ x 46″
Properties
Density 59.27 lbs/ft^3
Tensile Strength (Ultimate) 3.4 ksi
Tensile Strength (Yield) 4 ksi
Dielectric Strength (V/mil) 1/8″ 450 – 500
Shear Modulus 120 ksi
Comprehensive (Crushing) Strength 3 ksi
Impact Strength (Notched Izod) 4.8 ft-lb/in
Rockwell Hardness R65
Elongation at Break 100%
Elastic Modulus 150 ksi
Flexular Modulus 175 ksi
Thermal Conductivity 0.26 BTU/h-ft- °F
Melting Point 260 °F
Vicat Softening Temperature 160 °F
Continuous Service Temp (Operating), °F (mainly for plastics) (MAX) 180 °F
Magnetic No

Common Uses

  • Plastic bottles
  • Milk jugs
  • Bleach bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Cutting boards
  • Piping
  • Containers
  • Bulkheads
  • Misc marine applications

Our CNC cut HDPE is guaranteed

We guarantee awesome quality parts. If you’re not 100% happy, we’ll give you a refund or remake on the spot – no questions, no hassle.

Plastic, composite, and wood materials cut on our CNC machine will have small tabs.

These tabs hold your parts in place while being cut to ensure the best accuracy possible. Click below to learn what to expect and how to best design with these tabs in mind.

Material Charts and Guidelines

Min/Max Part Sizes

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Processing Min/Max Part Sizes

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Density Guidelines

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Design Guidelines

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