Perth Acetal Machining
What Is Acetal?
Acetal is a semi-crystalline thermoplastic, which we recommend for precise and robust parts.
Acetal can be sourced in rod, tube, and sheet form, and is machinable to customer specifications.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Acetal is generally resistant to chemical manipulation from hydrocarbons, solvents and neutral chemicals.
Acetal's main advantages are:
Tensile Strength, rigidity and hardness
Lack of water absorption
Resistance to thermal expansion
Resistance to creep
Resistance to impacts
Good dimensional stability
Additionally, the two types of acetal have their own respective properties:
Acetal polyoxymethylene (POM) is resistant to alkalis, water degradation, and high-heat environments.
Acetal homopolymer (POM-H) is stronger, stiffer and tougher at room temperature.
One potential disadvantage of acetal is that it is chemically resistant. Therefore, it does not bond well and is not reccomended for prototyping. Additionally, UV exposure will cause acetal to become brittle.
What is Acetal Used For?
Acetal Examples and Applications
Acetal's advantageous properties make it perfect for a variety of applications.
Common acetal applications include:
Sliding mechanisms and gears
Food grade uses cases
Parts in hot water (60°C to 80°C)
Insulating electrical components