Polycarbonate Sheets


POLYCARBONATE

Polycarbonate is a tough, dimensionally stable, transparent thermoplastic that has many applications which demand high performance properties. This versatile thermoplastic maintains its properties over a wide range of temperatures, from -40"F to 280"F.

It is the highest impact of any Thermoplastic, transparent with outstanding dimensional and thermal stability, exceptional machinability, stain resistant and non-toxic with low water absorption.

 

Characteristics

Impact strength
Unnotched polycarbonate is virtually unbreakable, it is 250 times stronger than glass making it extremely safe in areas where parts may be exposed to impact. When exposed to repeated heavy blow, the material tends to cold form rather than shatter.

Electrical
Polycarbonate is excellent for electrical applications, because of its high dielectric strength and high volume resistivity which decreases only slightly as temperature or humidity is increased.

Machinability
Parts can be easily machined from standard metal working tools. No special tools are needed, and finished parts can be polished to a high gloss. Water or water-soluble cutting oils should be used when machining polycarbonate, since some standard cutting oils will attack the material. Polycarbonate can be machined on standard metalworking or woodworking equipment. Its unique properties permit it to be machined without chipping, splitting, or breaking.

Bonding
Polycarbonate can be mechanically bonded by standard methods. It can also be cemented by using a solvent such as methylene chloride or adhesives such as epoxy, urethane and silicone

Removing paint or other materials
Fresh paint may be removed by rubbing lightly with a cleaning material such as isopropyl alcohol. Then the sheet should be washed immediately with a mild soap or detergent in warm water, and rinsed thoroughly with clean water. Grease and glazing compound may similarly be removed from the surface with the above mentioned cleaning materials. Weathered paint may be lifted off the sheet with masking tape. Razor blades or other sharp scraping tools should never be used.

Formability
Standard polycarbonate sheet is not heat formable; however, formable sheet is available on a custom basis. Standard polycarbonate sheet can be heat formed with proper pre-drying.

Cleaning
Abrasive or highly akaline cleaners, acetone, carbon tetrachloride, benzene or leaded gasoline should not be used, and the sheet should not be cleaned in hot sun or at high temperatures.

Decorating
Polycarbonate products will accept painting, printing as decorating methods.

UV Stabilization
Polycarbonate sheets come in UV both sides or General Purpose grade.

 

APPLICATIONS

  • Lenses
  • High temperature and pressure windows
  • Face shields
  • Industrial equipment and housing components
  • Medical equipment components
  • Instrument components
  • Electrical insulators and connectors
  • Aircraft components
  • Automotive parts
  • Machine guards

SIZES AND GRADES AVAILABLE

  • 2440mm X 1220mm
  • 3000mm X 2000mm
  • 2000mm wide roll in OPAL (Sign Grade)
  • 3mm – 9.5mm in clear
  • 3mm and 4.5mm in opal sheet and roll (sign grade)

General Purpose, UV2 and scratch resistant sheet available.