Polycarbonate

American Made Plastic Sheet, Plate and Rod

Makrolon®, Lexan®, Zelux®, Unicar®, Ensicar®

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Why use Polycarbonate:

 

  • Very Tough Material
  • Extremely High Impact Strength
  • U.V. Stabilized and Light Weight
  • Bondable, Paintable, Printable and Silk Screenable

 


Polycarbonate - Lexan - Makrolon For Experts

 

This material is…

excellent for impact strength (one of the highest in the plastics family), is UV Stabilized and light weight. Has excellent transparency in thin gauge (.030″ – .500″ in glazing grade / also .250 – 2.0″ in Zelux ‘W’). Can be heat bent and formed (requires drying prior to heating). Can be bonded and fabricated well with standard cutting tools. A very durable and high performance thermoplastic resin.

  • Extremely High Impact StrengthPolycarbonate - Makrolon - Lexan Fabricated Box - Drilled and Tapped
  • Good optical properties in thin gauge
  • Can hammer a nail through sheet without breaking the material
  • Can be formed, bent, cut and worked with standard cutting tools
  • More than 25 times more impact strength than Acrylic (Plexiglass)
  • Can be cold formed or bent – eliminating some heat forming

This material is used frequently for shields, guards and containment barriers. Can be cold or heat bent to most configurations. A popular material manufactured by several companies: Lexan® by SABIC, Makrolon® by Sheffield/Bayer, Zelux® by Westlake, Unicar® by Nytef, Ensicar® by Ensinger, Cyrolon, Tuffac, Apec, Trirex,  Paltuf, Texin.

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Mfg Data Sheet Button Polycarbonate, Lexan, Makrolon, HyzodData Sheet

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Applications – material is frequently used in:Police Riot Shield - Polycarbonate - Lexan - Makrolon

  • Machine Guards, Break Resistant Glazing  and Containment Parts
  • Riot shields, Face Shields, Bullet Resistant Glazing, Skylights
  • Roofing Panels, Green House Glazing, Window Glazing
  • Fabricated Boxes, Break Resistant Displays and Manifolds

Materials Available As

xtruded Sheet: .030″ – .500″ in 48″ X 96″ Clear Masked General Purpose Sheets

Molded Sheet: .500″ – 4.0″ Thick Natural (Transparent) and Optical Grade in 48″ X 96″

Film: .010″  – .040″ in 24″ X 48″ Transparent – Film Masked Sheets

Rod: .125″ – 12.0″ Diameter – Natural (Machine Grade – Non Pigmented) in 96″ Lengths.

Black is Available in some sizes as a Standard – Contact For Details

Tube: .250″ ID – 4.0″ ID in 96″ Lengths (variety of wall thickness based on diameter)

Special Formulations: Medical Grade, Conductive, Static Dissipative, Glass Filled, Custom Sizes, Formulations, Profiles or Colors.


Typical Resin Properties:

General PropertyASTM TestTypical Value
Specific Gravity D7921.2
Tensile Strength YieldD6388,900 – 9,000
Tensile ModulusD638340,000
Izod Impact – NotchedD25612.0-16.0
Hardness – RockwellD785M70
Deflection Temp @ 264psiD648270
Deflection Temp @ 66 psiD648280
Co. Thermal ExpansionD6963.7X10-5
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These Properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed or implied.

For excellent toughness and exceptional impact strength, Polycarbonate is an excellent choice.