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Material Information

Acetals are thermoplastics with the chemical name “PolyOxyMethylene” (POM). Overall, acetal provides high strength and stiffness, enhanced dimensional stability, low moisture absorption, a low coefficient of friction, good wear and abrasion properties, good chemical resistance, and is easy to machine. Moisture, lubricants, and solvents including gasoline have little effect on acetal, making them ideal for parts incorporating self-threading screws or interference fits. Acetals are available in a copolymer grade, a homopolymer grade (Delrin®), and a variety of filled Delrin® grades. The acetal copolymer (unfilled) offers excellent performance at a slightly lower cost than the acetal homopolymer Delrin®. Acetal copolymer is more resistant to hot water and hot air than the homopolymer. Although acetal copolymer is usually porosity free, it may exhibit center line porosity. However, certain grades such as Acetron® GP guarantee the material is porosity free while providing the same performance and machinability. The low stress levels and high strength assure flatness and dimensional stability up to a continuous service temperature of 180º F. Acetal is available in standard white (natural) and black in the form of rod, plate, and strip. Colors are available as a custom run. However, only the natural (white) grades of acetal are FDA, USDA, NSF, Canada AG, and 3-A Dairy compliant at a premium price and possibly a custom run.


  • Gears
  • Washers
  • Bushings
  • Clips
  • Lugs
  • Door handles
  • Cranks
  • Handles
  • Housings
  • Fuel systems
  • Window-support brackets
  • Plumbing products
  • Consumer items such as toys and zippers
  • Mechanical components that require dimensional stability


  • Low moisture absorption
  • High strength, stiffness
  • Good dimensional stability
  • Porosity free
  • Easy to machine
  • Good combination of mechanical properties
  • Chemical resistance to fuels and solvents
  • Good wear and abrasion properties
  • FDA, USDA, NSF, Canada AG, and 3-A Dairy compliant


PhysicalAstm Test MethodAcetal (Co-Polymer)
Density (lb/in^3)D7920.051
Specific GravityD7921.41
Water Absorption @ 24 hours (%)D5700.2
Tensile Strength (PSI)D6389,500
Tensile Modulus (PSI)D638400,000
Tensile Elongation at Break (%)D63830
Flexural Strength (PSI)D79012,000
Flexural Modulus (PSI)D790400,000
Compressive Strength (PSI)D69515,000
Compressive Modulus (PSI)D695400,000
Izod Impact (Notched), ft-lb/inD2561
Rockwell HardnessD785M88, R120
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion,
Heat Deflection Temperature 264 psi, ºFD648220
Melting Point, °FD3418335
Continous Service Temp (Operating), °F180
Thermal Conductivity, BTU-in/hr-ft² °FF4331.6
Flammability RatingUL94HB
Dielectric Strength, Short Term,
(Volts/Mil) @ .125″ Thick
Volume Resistivity (ohm/square)D25710^15
Dielectric Constant at 1 MHzD1503.8
Dissipation Factor at 1 MHzD1500.005

Disclosure: The information contained herein are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should NOT be used as a basis for design specifications or quality control. Contact us for manufacturers’ complete material property datasheets. All values at 73°F (23°C) unless otherwise noted.


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