Polycarbonate sheet is a very common and versatile thermoplastic. It’s highly likely that you’ve used something with polycarbonate in it today. Polycarbonate is just about everywhere; in medical devices, eyeglasses, auto parts, shatterproof glass, DVDs, electronic components, and phones. Polycarbonate’s big advantage is its ability to internally transmit light almost as effectively as glass while being able to withstand impacts far greater than most other materials.
Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic, they are materials that become liquid at their melting point, which allows, among other things, for easy injection molding and recycling.
Common Application Of Polycarbonate
Polycarbonate sheet is valued for its strength and flexibility, however, its transparency is what makes it so critical to a variety of applications that similar products cannot compete with. Listed below are a few specific applications that show the capabilities of this versatile material.
- 3D printed models (for high heat applications)
- Molds for silicone and urethane casting
- Bullet-resistant “glass”
- Machinery guards
- LED light pipes and diffusers
- Vehicle windshields
- Vehicle headlights
- Phone and computer cases
Types Of Polycarbonate
- Clear Polycarbonate
- Colored/Tinted Polycarbonate
- Mirrored Polycarbonate
- Abrasion-Resistant (AR) Polycarbonate
- Bulletproof Polycarbonate
More Benefits Of Polycarbonate
Polycarbonate’s transparency, durability, weatherability, and flexibility are only some of the features that have made it an essential material across a variety of industries. Polycarbonate is significantly less toxic than most other plastics, this combined with its ease in recycling makes it a more environmentally friendly option. Additionally, its natural heat resistance can be greatly enhanced with a variety of flame retardants without significantly affecting any of its other properties.
Polycarbonate is truly incomparable to any other plastic on the market. No other plastic does as much as well as polycarbonate sheet. Contact us if you would like to learn more about how our polycarbonate products can be of you to you.