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Polyethylene (PE) Machining

A Guide to Polyethylene CNC Machined Parts: Properties, Applications and Design Considerations

What is Polyethylene?

Polyethylene (PE) also known as Polythene (IUPAC name polyethene) is a semi-crystalline thermoplastic. PE offers high levels of toughness with low strength and hardness. Its versatility has made it one of the most popular plastics globally.

There are many well-known variants of Polyethylene – a breakdown of the most common can be found in the ‘notes for designers’ tab below. 

Main Attributes of Polyethylene:

The attributes of polyethylene depends on the type although the below properties are largely universal:

  • High toughness
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • High impact strength
  • Low moisture absorption
  • Very good electrical insulation
  • Excellent machinability
  • Most grades suitable for food contact
  • Lightweight
  • Good resistance to high energy radiation
  • Good stability to temperature
  • Lower thermal and mechanical properties (tensile stress, flexural and compressive strength) than engineering plastics
  • Relatively low cost

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Detailed information about Polyethylene for designers including UK stock sizes and technical properties can be found in the tabs below. Please note: this information is provided as a guide only. All information is based on our present knowledge and is given in good faith. No liability will be accepted by Penta Precision in respect of any action taken by any third party in reliance thereon.

Similar or obsolete designation and trade names

You may also see Polyethylene referred to as:

Polyethylene Components, Applications & Industries

Here are some examples of the industries and components for which Polyethylene is appropriate. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Please do get in touch if you are considering using Polyethylene and we can talk through your project with you.

Typical Components & Applications:
  • Packaging
  • Medical equipment
  • Pump parts
  • Valve parts
  • Gaskets
  • Hinges
  • Die pads
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Tanks
  • Rollers
  • Bearings
  • Bushings
  • Washers
  • Sprockets
Industry Examples:
  • Medical
  • Food technology
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Chemical technology
  • Mining
  • Construction


    Polyethylene Machined Prototype

    Polyethylene CNC Machined Component

    Polyethylene Machining Service - Polyethylene Milling & Turning

    Penta Precision provides highly accurate Polyethylene machined parts. Customers turn to us when they have had quality and delivery issues with their existing suppliers and need a reliable precision machining partner.

    Penta Precision provides the following Polyethylene machining services: 

    • CNC milling – prototypes & large batch runs
    • CNC turning – prototypes & large batch runs
    • Insert installation
    • Part marking
    • Manual milling
    • Manual turning
    • Machining design advice
    • Machining drawing service

    Reasons to Choose Penta:

    • ISO 9001:2015 quality assurance
    • Consistent high quality machined parts
    • Reliable delivery dates - our track record speaks volumes
    • Exceptional customer service and communication
    • Machining design advice
    • Extensive experience in our field
    What Makes Penta Different?

    There are 3 key elements that run through the core of our company and staff at every level to ensure we deliver an exemplary service that goes above and beyond. We like to call these our 3 C's:

    • We Communicate well 
    • We take Care at each stage
    • Our service is Consistent

    See our ‘Proven Process’ page to find out more

    We are regularly machining Polyethylene for customers all over the UK. Our customers depend on our machining expertise as well as our outstanding delivery performance, to machine the highest quality parts. If you'd like to discuss how we can help you with your Polyethylene machining requirements, here's a list of ways to get in touch with us.

    Can we meet your
    Polyethylene machining needs?
    Call our engineering team on
    +44 (0) 23 9266 8334
    or contact us via our email form

    "Customer service is excellent, on the extremely rare occasion we have had an issue it has always been rectified without fuss and quickly to a high standard and are always willing to help with any new difficult designs." Hayley - Chief Operating Officer 

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