Polyacetal (POM)

POM, also known as polyoxymethylene, is a thermoplastic polymer that is characterized by its high stiffness, low friction, and excellent resistance to abrasion and wear.

It is available in several different forms, including homopolymer and copolymer variants, each with unique properties that make them suitable for different applications.

Homopolymer POM, which is made entirely from a single monomer, is known for its high strength and stiffness, as well as its resistance to fatigue and stress cracking. It is often used in the manufacture of gears, bearings, and other components that require high precision and durability.

Copolymer POM, which is made from a combination of two different monomers, has slightly different properties than homopolymer POM. It is typically more flexible and has a lower melting point, making it easier to process. Copolymer POM is often used in the manufacture of packaging materials, medical devices, and other products that require good chemical resistance and toughness.

In addition to these general categories, there are also several different variants of POM that are tailored for specific applications. For example, glass-filled POM is reinforced with glass fibers to enhance its strength and stiffness, making it ideal for use in high-stress applications like automotive parts and electronics. UV-stabilized POM is designed to withstand prolonged exposure to sunlight without degrading or discoloring, making it well-suited for outdoor applications.

Consult with our materials specialist to determine the best type of POM for your application.