Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMW)

UHMW is an exceptionally tough plastic that holds up, even after repeated impact. The abrasion resistance is extraordinary, with low friction under load. Virgin Grade UHMW is also exceptionally resistant to chemical attack including organic solvents. It's easily machined, self-lubricating and absorbs almost no water while providing high dielectric strength, but only moderate compression strength. UHMW operates safely at 160 ºF and doesn't break under IZOD impact testing.

  • Available as sheet/rod/tube
  • Available in virgin or regrind grades
  • Standard colors are white and black
  • Typical applications include wear pads, gears, bearings, corrosion resistant liners
  • Custom fabrication services available from WS Hampshire
Unit of Measure


Weight per Feet

N/A 0.13 lbs0.058955 kg

Stock Length

N/A 10 ft3.048 m

Size A

N/A 0.609 in15.478 mm

Size B

N/A 0.203 in5.159375 mm

Size C

N/A 0.796 in20.240 mm

Model No.

N/A FPP805

Size D

N/A 0.359 in9.128 mm


N/A Snap-On

Grade Description


    UHMW profiles are 1/8 the weight of steel, yet can outwear abrasion resistant steels 6 to 1. It offers high energy absorption, chemical resistance, good dielectric properties, and zero moisture absorption.