Polyformaldehyde, or polyoxymethylene, also known as POM or acetal, is an engineering thermoplastic used in precision parts requiring high stiffness, low friction and excellent dimensional stability. Acetal is a nonhygroscopic, opaque, semicrystalline material used in injection molding and extrusion. One of the stiffest thermoplastics available before fillers are added, it is also known as the most metal-like plastic and for its great lubricity. Acetal is often selected when a low coefficient of friction is required, offering excellent wear and long-term fatigue in addition to easy machinability. Within limits, acetal parts will go back to their original shape after stress is released, making this material ideal for parts with spring-like features.