Sheffield Plastics Polycarbonate Flat Sheet are clear and tough

Polycarbonate plastic materials give you a balance of helpful features including temp resistance, impact resistance and optical properties position polycarbonates between commodity plastic materials and engineering plastics.
Polycarbonate is definitely a sturdy material. Whilst it has tremendous impact-resistance, it has low scratch-resistance and thus a hard coating is often applied to polycarbonate eye protection lenses and polycarbonate exterior automobile equipment. The characteristics of polycarbonate tend to be like those of common Acrylic materials, although polycarbonate is definitely 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 many different types of glass.
Polycarbonate has a glass transition temperature of approximately 150 °C (302 °F), in order that it softens slowly above this point and flows above about 300°C (572 °F). Tools must be held at warm to high temperatures, generally above 80 °C (176 °F) to help with making strain- and reduced stress products.
Unlike many thermoplastics, polycarbonate can undergo dramatic shape changes without breaking or cracking. Hence, for small changes in shape, it can be processed and formed   at room temperature using standard sheet metal techniques, such as forming bends on a brake. Even for sharp angle bends with a tight radius, no heating is usually necessary. This makes it attractive prototyping applications where transparent or electrically non-conductive parts are necessary, which can not be created from sheet metal. Remember that PMMA/Plexiglas, which is similar in looks to polycarbonate, but it’s brittle and cannot be bent without heating.
Polycarbonate is commonly utilized in eye protection, in addition to other projectile-resistant viewing and lighting applications that would normally be thought of as requiring the use of glass, but require higher impact-resistance. Many kinds of lenses are manufactured from polycarbonate, including automotive headlamp lenses, lighting lenses, sunglass/eyeglass lenses, swimming and SCUBA goggles, and safety glasses for use in sporting helmets/masks and police riot gear. Windscreens in small motorized vehicles are typically made of polycarbonate, such as for motorcycles, ATVs, golf carts, and small planes and helicopters.

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