Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate (PC) is similar to acrylic, however is stronger and usable over a greater temperature range. Clear polycarbonate is highly transparent to visible light, with better light transmission than many kinds of glass.

ePlastics is an authorized distributor and fabricator of many polycarbonate grades that can be used for most polycarbonate applications. Some applications include construction materials, data storage, automotive and aircraft components, windows, roofing material, medicatl applications, mobile phones, and many more.

Polycarbonate (PC) is an extremely durable material with high impact-resistance, but low scratch resistance. Therefor a hard coating is applied to polycarbonate eyewear lenses and polycarbonate exterior automotive components to prevent scratching from routine use. Common trademarked names include LEXAN™, MAKROLON®, Makroclear®, arcoPlus® and others. They are easily fabricated, cut, molded, and thermoformed. Because of these properties, polycarbonate panels find many different applications throughout everyday life. Polycarbonate has a glass transition temperature of about 147°C (297°F) so it softens gradually above this point and flows above about 155 °C (311 °F). Unlike most thermoplastics, polycarbonate can undergo large plastic deformations without cracking or breaking. As a result, it can be processed and formed at room temperature using sheet metal techniques, such as bending on a brake. This makes it valuable in prototyping applications where transparent or electrically non-conductive parts are needed, which cannot be made from sheet metal.

ePlastics® offers a full line of polycarbonate sheets, panels, rods, tubes, films, & mirror, in many different forms. Simply visit any of the category links above to see all of the products available in that category. If you have any questions about what you see, call one of our plastics professionals at the number above or email us at i@eplastics.com.

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