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HIPS MaterialApplications in which HIPS material is the best solution are applications that require a tough, impact resistant plastic that is low cost, and easy to machine. Call 1-866-437-7427 to order HIPS Material, High Impact Polystyrene sheet from Polymershapes. We stock the standard stock sizes of HIPS material, and custom sizes can be ordered and cut to your specifications. Natural HIPS material is FDA compliant for use in food processing related industries.

High Impact Polystyrene sheet, HIPS material, is a budget friendly thermoplastic material that is frequently found in lower heat applications. It is very easy to fabricate with and tends to be used in low strength settings where cost is a factor. It can be guillotine cut, die-cut, punched, and formed. It can be glued, painted, and because of its low cost, it’s usually a good option for pre-production prototyping. HIPS Material is easy to thermoform and is fully recyclable with minimal loss of its properties.

Printable HIPS Material grades are available and can be printed using methods such as offset lithography, screen-printing, and digital printing. Used extensively throughout the graphic arts for the production of signs and POP displays, HIPS material is commonly used as a substrate to mount graphics such as plotter vinyls and films.

Polymershapes, leader among plastic distributors, is equipped and ready to help you outshine your competition. We have partnered with the most trusted brands of HIPS material including
DIGI-HIPS® and Spartech.

Physical Properties of HIPS Material




Tensile strength @ 73°F

2,480 – 4,520 psi


Flexural modulus @ 73°F

193,000 – 381,000 psi


Izod impact (notched)

1.2 – 2.8 ft-lbs/in of notch


Heat deflection temp.  @ 264 psi

160° – 189° F (71° – 87° C)


Water absorption – 24 hours – 1/8″ thick

0.036 – 0.11%


Coefficient of linear thermal expansion

5.0E-5 to 5.1E-5 (in/in/°F


*Technical Data is provided courtesy of UL Prospector (www.ulprospector.com) and IAPD (www.IAPD.org).

Data is to be considered representative and is provided for guidance only. All product performance must be verified by the user under actual application conditions.

In addition to HIPS material sheets, we also stock a myriad of other thermoplastics, imidized thermoplastic material, thermosets, phenolics, and associated plastic products. Customer service is the cornerstone of our business. We can help you make the best decisions for your company.