Polycarbonate (PC)

Are you looking for a shock-resistant material? It could be that polycarbonate is your answer.
Cutting plotter milling grooving in a clear sheet of polycarbonate

What is polycarbonate?

 

Polycarbonate (abbreviated to PC) can be plastic in transparent or coloured versions, with UV-resistant and fire-retardant variants. Polycarbonate can also be supplied in bespoke colours.

 

Polycarbonate is an amorphous type of plastic with good mechanical and optical characteristics. It is very tough and can be used both indoors and out.

 

Several companies produce polycarbonate, and the material is known under several brand names such as LEXAN™, Makrolon® and TECANAT®.

 

In what shapes and dimensions can polycarbonate be supplied?

 

Polycarbonate can be supplied in sheets or rods of various dimensions – see more in our product range.

 

See range of polycarbonate

 

Processing polycarbonate

 

Polycarbonate sheets and rods can be pre-processed using various cutting techniques such as sawing, drilling and milling. Polycarbonate does not splinter during processing.

 

The most common methods of processing polycarbonate are cutting by laser or cutting plotter, CNC milling and turning, cold and heat bending and thermoforming.

 

If you place an order for sheet cutting with Induflex, we can have your product ready for delivery within five working days.

 

The characteristics and advantages of polycarbonate

 

Polycarbonate shares many properties with acrylic, but is stronger and can be used in a wider range of temperatures. Polycarbonate retains its properties at temperatures of up to 120 °C.

 

The light transmission of polycarbonate is almost on a par with acrylic.

 

Material Maximum light transmission
Acrylic 92 %
PC 87 - 91 %
PETG 88 %
PET 89 %

 

It is possible to have polycarbonate with an anti-scratch surface, with UV coating or with added fire retardant.

 

If you purchase polycarbonate sheets or products from Induflex, you can be certain that they are always UV-coated. The UV coating ensures that the product performs well, both outdoors and indoors. You need not worry about durability, whatever the situation.

 

Read more about the characteristics of polycarbonate in this data sheet.

 

Read data sheet

Administrative employee sitting by a computer behind a partition screen in clear plastic
Safety screen in polycarbonate with logo print and warning sign

What can one use polycarbonate for?

 

Since polycarbonate is extremely strong and shock-resistant, whilst also providing high light transmission, it can be used in a wide range of applications. It can be used for instance in displays, display cabinets and display furniture, cast forms, walls, panels, roof constructions, sneeze screens, protective screens, inspection windows and security screens, such as in front of machinery.

 

Alternatives to polycarbonate

 

  • Acrylic: Although polycarbonate can be supplied in various colours, there are more colour options with acrylic. We therefore recommend acrylic as an alternative to polycarbonate for in-store and POS materials or other visual products where design and appearance are of utmost importance.
    Read more about acrylic and see a selection of colours here.

 

  • PETG: PETG is more easily vacuum-formed than polycarbonate and has moreover good chemical resistance, particularly against spirits.

 

  • PVC: PVC has a higher chemical resistance than polycarbonate but is not as impact-resistant, either in cold or warm temperatures, as polycarbonate. PVC can be used at - 10 to 60 °C, whereas polycarbonate withstands - 40 to 120 ° C.

 

In this table you will find density, light transmission and scratch resistance of the clear materials:

 

Properties Density Light transmission Scratch resistance
PMMA Extruded 1.19 g/cm3 92 % Good
PMMA Cast 1.19 g/cm3 92 % Very good
PC UV 1.2 g/cm3 87 - 91 % Good
PETG 1.27 g/cm3 88 % OK
PET 1.34 g/cm3 89 % OK

 

Polycarbonate from Induflex

 

We stock polycarbonate in our warehouse for prompt delivery. We have several sizes and thicknesses and can process parts cut from sheets of any size within five working days.

 

See the current stock and dimensions in our product range.

 

See range of polycarbonate

 

Would you like to know more?

 

Are you interested in hearing more about polycarbonate and its many uses? Or do you have specific requirements for a particular solution?

 

You are most welcome to contact us. We will be happy to advise you on the choice of materials.

Get your order fast

When you order items for cutting from us, they are generally ready to dispatch within five days.

Get your order fast

When you order items for cutting from us, they are generally ready to dispatch within five days.

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Your vision – realised

Induflex is your one-stop shop. We can accompany you on a journey from design, construction and production to assembly, packaging and distribution.

Your vision – realised

Induflex is your one-stop shop. We can accompany you on a journey from design, construction and production to assembly, packaging and distribution.

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Gorgeous natural materials

Structure, colour and nuance are crucial when it comes to your brand's visual impression. With Induflex supplying your creative projects, there need be no limit to the materials you choose.

Gorgeous natural materials

Structure, colour and nuance are crucial when it comes to your brand's visual impression. With Induflex supplying your creative projects, there need be no limit to the materials you choose.

Valchromat MDF in grey, yellow and purple colours from Induflex

Design and construction

Benefit from our vast experience with construction in a wide range of materials. We will help you adjust your design in accordance with materials and production methods.

Design and construction

Benefit from our vast experience with construction in a wide range of materials. We will help you adjust your design in accordance with materials and production methods.

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Environment and sustainability

Plastics make a huge difference in our daily lives. It has improved our daily lives immeasurably, helping to make modern society more efficient.

Environment and sustainability

Plastics make a huge difference in our daily lives. It has improved our daily lives immeasurably, helping to make modern society more efficient.

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