Low-density polyethylene, known by the abbreviation LDPE, is a polyolefin material. It’s also a thermoplastic. Its continuous use range includes temperatures as high as 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Although it’s a standard material, low-density polyethylene plastics are durable and strong, partly owing to their semi-crystalline status. So, how can they benefit you? Keep reading to find out how you can use this flexible, easily fabricated plastic.
The Top Traits of LDPE
For indoor and outdoor applications that require a tough material, low-density polyethylene is the answer. In addition to being durable and flexible, LDPE is an incredibly lightweight plastic. Given how strong it is, it’s extraordinarily easy to move and transport. It isn’t worn down by chemicals or corrosion. Moisture won’t damage it either since LDPE doesn’t absorb much moisture at all. Despite its lightweight structure, it can resist impacts, meaning that it can also stand up to wear and tear. Better still, materials made from LDPE are completely recyclable.
How LDPE Is Most Commonly Used
Due to being a thermoplastic and to being so durable, low-density polyethylene plastics are perfect in a variety of applications. It’s a popular plastic in many niche industries. Given how easy it is to fabricate and form, it’s ideal for the creation of die cutters, not to mention machine shops in general. Its strength lends itself well to the construction of gas, oil, and water tanks, as well. LDPE is particularly useful in orthotics, where its durability ensures longevity, and its flexibility ensures ease of movement and a full range of motion.
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