HDPE Fabrication Methods
HDPE has a low coefficient of friction and can be easily cut, machined, welded, and thermoformed for easy fabrication. HDPE is highly processable and can be worked by cutting, deep drawing, riveting, milling, hot and cold forming, drilling, laser cutting, die-cutting, welding, and routing. It offers excellent smoothness and anti-adhesive properties. HDPE is not a good candidate for gluing. Mechanical fastening is an option, but it is preferable to join by hot air or nitrogen welding, or by ultrasonic, laser, and infrared welding. For the do-it-yourselfers, we recommended ordering a sample piece of HDPE plastic sheet prior to purchase so you can practice different machining styles.
For users who do not have the skill, experience, tools, or time to fabricate these sheets, ShapesPlastics offers cut-to-size ad hoc services. The ability to create cut-to-size products that deliver the best quality, precision in cutting, and tight tolerances, is what truly sets us apart. You can also benefit from additional savings in shipping as cutting the sheet down to your final size, might qualify it for free standard shipping.
Maintenance and Cleaning HDPE
Clean it regularly using nonabrasive soap/cleaner, then scrub using a soft bristle brush and rinse it off with warm clean water. While most HDPE sheet colors need to be cleaned only several times per year, certain colors such as natural white need to be cleaned more frequently to maintain their original appearance.
As the most commonly strong plastic used in the United States, most recycling companies will accept HDPE material as it is one of the easiest plastic polymers to recycle. Please note, if there are other plastics in the batch, the recycled end-product may be ruined.