Low density polyethylene (LDPE) is a soft, flexible, and lightweight plastic. Low-temperature flexibility, toughness, and corrosion resistance are all characteristics of LDPE.
It is not suitable for applications requiring rigidity, high-temperature resistance, or structural strength. It’s a popular material for orthotics and prosthetics. LDPE (Low Density Polythylene) is chemically and impacts resistant, as well as being simple to manufacture and shape.
LDPE, on the other hand, has a lower “density” than HDPE, as the name implies. That simply indicates it has a lower mass to volume ratio. It’s light and powerful at the same time. It can withstand a lot of punishment. It has a long lifespan and is resistant to the elements.
48 in x 96 in
0.030 in – 0.500 in
|SHEET FOR O & P||Dimensions:
12 in x 12 in – 48 in x 96 in
0.030 in – 0.500 in
24 in x 48 in – 48 in x 96 in
0.125 in – 0.156 in
Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Custom sizes available upon request.
LDPE Sheet Stress Relieved– offers improved machinability and dimensional stability over extruded LDPE.
FDA Compliant LDPE– LDPE is available in FDA compliant grades.
LDPE Sheet for O&P– Low Density Polyethylene is more flexible than HDPE, polypro, or copoly PP, making it an excellent choice for pediatric AFOs, some splints, and flexible socket interfaces.
C-TEK® MODStiff™– Offers a level of stiffness between modified polyethylene and copoly. This unique material is used in applications where modified polyethylene is not stiff enough and copoly is too stiff. The ability to downgauge material thickness provides the opportunity to lighten an orthoses. Watch video to learn more.
Modified LDPE Sheet for O&P– Modified polyethylene is slightly stiffer than LDPE, but more flexible than HDPE, polypro, or copoly PP. It is used for applications where flexibility and light support are required.
Tech Tip– LDPE materials can be difficult to decorate with transfer paper.
|Izod impact (notched)||ft-lbs/in of notch||D256||no break|
|Heat deflection temperature @ 264 psi||°F||D648||122|
|Maximum continuous service temperature in air||°F||–|
|Water absorption (immersion 24 hours)||%||D570||0.10|
|Coefficient of linear thermal expansion||in/in/°Fx10-5||D696||–|
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