Bayer Makrolon Polycarbonate Sheeting offering light weight and break resistance

Polycarbonate plastic products have a unique balance of beneficial features this includes temperature resistance, impact resistance and optical properties position polycarbonates in between commodity plastics and engineering plastics.
Polycarbonate is a very durable material. Though it offers increased impact-resistance, it possesses low scratch-resistance and thus a hard coating can be applied to polycarbonate eye protection and polycarbonate exterior motor vehicle components. The characteristics associated with polycarbonate are generally comparable to those of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA, acrylic), except polycarbonate is stronger, it is usable in a wider temperature range and is a bit more expensive. This plastic polymer is highly transparent to visible light and has better light transmission characteristics than several types of glass.
Polycarbonate carries a glass transition temperature of around 150 °C (302 °F), therefore it softens gradually above this point and flows above about 300°C (572 °F). Tools must be held at high temperatures, generally above 80 °C (176 °F) to help with making strain- and stress-free products.
Unlike most thermoplastics, polycarbonate can undergo large shape changes without cracking or breaking. Due to this fact, it can be processed and formed   at room temperature using sheet metal techniques, for example forming bends with a brake. For even sharp angle bends having a tight radius, no heating is generally necessary. This makes it attractive prototyping applications where transparent or electrically non-conductive parts are required, which can’t be produced from sheet metal. Understand that PMMA/Plexiglas, which is similar in appearance to polycarbonate, but it is brittle and can’t be bent at room temperature.
Polycarbonate is commonly used in eye protection, and also in other projectile-resistant see through or lighting applications that would normally require the use of glass, but require higher impact-resistance. Many different types of lenses are created from polycarbonate, including automotive headlamp lenses, lighting lenses, sunglass/eyeglass lenses, swimming and SCUBA goggles, and safety goggles for use in sporting helmets/masks and police riot gear. Windscreens in small motorized vehicles are typically made out of polycarbonate, such as for motorcycles, ATVs, golf carts, and small planes and helicopters.

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