Strong And Versatile Polycarbonates

polycarbonate (pc)

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PBS Plastics offers both tubing and profiles extruded from Polycarbonate (PC), a thermoplastic with characteristics that make it ideal for making Electronic, Automotive, Aircraft, Medical, and Filtration components. 

Polycarbonate (PC), also known by a variety of trademarked names including Lexan, Makralon, and others, is a naturally transparent thermoplastic. Although Polycarbonate is made commercially available in a variety of colors, the raw material allows for the internal transmission of light with nearly the same capacity as glass but with a lighter weight.

Primary application advantages of Polycarbonate include:

  • Outstanding toughness
  • Ability to reduce wall thickness up to 25% without sacrificing any properties
  • Good stiffness relative to other plastic materials
  • Transparency
  • Temperature resistance up to 250 degrees F
  • High degree of elasticity; resistant to denting and kinking when bent upon itself 

Polycarbonate polymers are particularly useful when impact resistance and/or transparency are a product requirement. PC is commonly used for plastic lenses in eyewear, in medical devices, automotive components, sports gear, protective gear, digital discs (CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray), bulletproof glass, skylights, firefighting equipment, and exterior lighting fixtures.

Another feature of polycarbonate is that it is very pliable. It can typically be formed at room temperature without cracking or breaking, similar to aluminum sheet metal. Although deformation may be simpler with the application of heat, even small-angle bends are possible without it.

Polycarbonate also has a very good heat resistance and can be combined with flame-retardant materials without significant material degradation.

Examples of Markets and Relevant Characteristics of Polycarbonate:

  • Electronic Components
    • Good Electrical Insulator
    • Heat-Resistant Properties
    • Flame-Retardant Properties
  • Automotive
    • Lightweight
    • High Impact Resistance
  • Medical/Filtration
    • Grades available that comply with ISO 109093-1 & Class VI
    • Can be Sterilized
    • Gamma Stable
    • Optically Transparent

Polycarbonate is extremely versatile and is one of the toughest plastics available today. We can help you determine if it is best for your application or help you choose from our wide range of advanced thermoplastics. Contact PBS to discuss your R&D needs using Polycarbonate and the wide range of materials we work with. We welcome your challenging projects.