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Polyethylene Sponge Material Guide: Properties, Types & Applications

Frank Lowe offers die cut polyethylene sponge in an endless range of shapes and sizes. Read our guide to polyethylene sponge and foam materials.

Polyethylene sponge is a type of closed-cell material also called LDPE foam or PE foam. Regardless of the name used to describe the material, it’s a highly-durable and versatile product used in a vast range of different products, components, and industries.

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Since 1955, Frank Lowe has been partnering with businesses across all markets to produce state-of-the-art industrial manufacturing solutions. We offer dedicated industrial contract manufacturing teams who specialize in providing comprehensive services to a variety of markets.From best-in-class materials, customizable products, and a full suite of industrial manufacturing services, we provide whatever it takes to help your business met its objectives. Regardless of the technical or logistics demands of your project, we will work with you every step of the way providing customizable distribution services and support to ensure the contract die cutting is completed and delivered on time, within budget, and to your exact specifications.

Are you looking for the best die cut polyethylene sponge material? Frank Lowe offers polyethylene sponge material in a vast range of formats and colors. Most importantly, we’ll listen closely to your unique needs and ensure you’re using the best material for the application. Continue reading to learn more about the polyethylene foam. 

The Unique Properties & Features of Polyethylene Sponge

Polyethylene is arguably one of the most commonly produced materials because of the myriad of exceptional properties it possess. Polyethylene is closed-cell foam, which means it is made up of millions of small gas pockets. Each of these tiny gas pockets are surrounded by solid material, which prevents it from soaking up moisture or water. This makes the material extremely valuable to any application that needs moisture resistance, mildew resistance, bacteria resistance, and rot resistance. 

As a very resilient material, polyethylene sponge will return to form following compression, while still yielding enough to provide security and cushion whenever it’s needed. It boasts a wide temperature range — -112°F to 212°F — and offers excellent resistance to weathering and the elements. 

Because of these attributes, you’ll regularly find polyethylene sponge being used in different outdoor applications. This material is also resistant to a vast range of different chemicals, grease and common oils. A few of the key highlights of polyethylene sponge includes:

  • Water resistance and great buoyancy
  • Excellent vibration dampening and shock absorption qualities 
  • Extremely durable
  • Easy to shape, cut, and size
  • Non-dusting material
  • Odorless
  • Sound thermal insulation properties 
  • Resistant to grease and chemicals
  • Impervious to bacteria, rot, and mildew
  • Flexible and lightweight
  • Resistant to weathering
  • Tear and wear resistant
  • Temperature resistant

Applications & Industries Using Polyethylene Sponge

Polyethylene sponge offers a number of desirable characteristics, which makes it suitable for the following applications and industries:  

Insulation, Custom Packaging, and Casing 

Polyethylene sponge is available in multiple sizes and shapes. Most often, it’s seen in either the plank or sheet form and will hold its shape when it is cut into thick sections. This type of polyethylene sponge is regularly used for insulation, custom packaging, or casing because of its excellent shock absorbing properties.

Because polyethylene is a closed-cell sponge material, it’s excellent at resisting moisture. The material can be laminated together to create thicker sections, which can be used for specialized packaging, furniture inserts, and personal flotation devices. Rolls of polyethylene can be made from thin sheets, which allows it to be used to wrap around pipes for insulation, sill plates in buildings, window gaskets and seals around foundations, or in the creation of bags to protect goods while limiting weight and space. 

Water Noodle Polyethylene Sponge

Undoubtedly the most recognizable type of polyethylene is the cylindrical form located at virtually every pool throughout the summer as pool noodle toys. When used in different sizes, the cylinders can be used as support products for personal comfort or as bolsters. 

Polyethylene Sponge in Construction

On the other hand, continuous length polyethylene sponge tubes can be used in the construction industry between concrete slabs as backer rods. These water-resistant rods offer a very cost-effective filler solution, working to reduce costs while allowing a certain degree of flex between slabs by not allowing a bond to be formed. Polyethylene backing rods allow contraction and expansion due to temperature and weather changes. 

Polyethylene Is Used Across Different Industries

In addition to construction, polyethylene sponge material is regularly used in the following industries:

  • Medical and Healthcare
  • Aerospace and Marine
  • Fluid Processing Equipment
  • Military and Defense Equipment
  • Architectural
  • Packaging
  • Material Handling
  • Petrochemical
  • HVAC
  • Compressors
  • Mining Equipment 

Contact Frank Lowe for Die Cut Polyethylene Sponge Components 

At Frank Lowe, we will die cut polyethylene sponge into an endless array of sizes and shapes based on your exact specifications. With nearly 70 years of experience, we are proud to be the leading provider of die cut polyethylene sponge components. We offer a full catalog of different polyethylene sponge materials and will guide you to the best solution. 

You can choose to have your polyethylene sponge material supplied in different forms, such as on a roll, die cut, kiss cut, etc. From start to finish, your experienced team of custom manufacturers at Frank Lowe will offer value-added assistance along the way. 

Contact Frank Lowe today to Explore, Pursue, and Create with polyethylene sponge.

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