Polycarbonate is a transparent thermoplastic resin with a very high temperature tolerance and impact resistance.
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Characteristics of Polycarbonate
- Good Light Transmission
- Ability to be Machined or Thermoformed
- Good Dimensional Stability
- Flame Retardant
- Glass-Filled Forms
Applications of Polycarbonate
- FDA Approved
- Perfect for applications requiring a lightweight, transparent material that is virtually indestructible.
- Known for being a much stronger alternative to glass, but its strength is nothing compared to the bullet-proof hardness of polycarbonate.
- One-third the weight of the lightweight acrylic.
- Both are thermoplastic polymers, which means that they both melt when heated to a certain degree and harden when they cool, a process that can be repeated numerous times.
- Polycarbonate and acrylic plastics are able to be reshaped and recycled, making them more environmentally friendly then thermoset plastics.
- Which is the trademark name of acetal polyoxymethylene, is a plastic known for its durability and versatility.
- Just as popular in its preformed form of Styrofoam as it is in its final form.
- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
- Has the ability to retain vivid colors, which makes it a popular plastic for home decorating objects such as shower curtains, furniture and interior paneling.
Products Made of Polycarbonate
- CD and DVD Discs
- Shatter-Resistant Display Cases
- Security Barriers
- Aircraft Panels
- Machine Guards
- Electronic Housings
- Burglar-Resistant Glazing
Industry Using Polycarbonate
One of the major industries that utilize polycarbonate today is the vision care industry. Because it is transparent and incredibly strong as well as having a high refractive index, polycarbonate is currently the most popular substance for corrective lenses. The high refractive index of a plastic refers to its ability to bend light that goes through it, which is in essence how vision is corrected with prescription lenses. Also, because polycarbonate is naturally highly refractive, corrective lenses made from them are able to be significantly thinner then lenses made from other substances. Sunglasses, with and without prescription lenses, are also often made with polycarbonate, since it is able to retain fillers that block ultraviolet rays well.