Polycarbonate Film

Polycarbonate Film is Widely Used For:

  • Menu boards, back-lit signs and panels
  • Light management and diffusion applications
  • Automotive instrument panels and
    backlight displays
  • Labels and nameplates
  • Medical applications
  • Graphic overlays
  • Membrane switches and control panels
  • Packaging

Performance Characteristics:

  • Outstanding toughness with abrasion resistance
  • High tensile strength over a wide
    temperature range
  • Good chemical and weathering resistant
  • High heat resistance
  • Good electrical insulation
  • Excellent ink adhesion, easy to die cut,
    emboss, and form

Common Brands:

  • Makrofol®
  • Lexan®
  • Bayfol®

Polycarbonate Film

Transparent, general purpose plastic film with excellent ink adhesion

Polycarbonate film is a transparent, general purpose film from the thermoplastic polymer family. It can be easily thermoformed and molded. Polycarbonate film is easy to die cut and has excellent ink adhesion. Polycarbonate films are offered in light management (light diffusing), graphic, and blended films. They are sold in cases of 25, 50, or 100 sheets.

Makrofol® Polycarbonate Film is our thermoplastic polycarbonate film offering with performance characteristics including high heat resistance, impressive toughness and elasticity over a wide temperature range, good stiffness, excellent electrical insulation properties, as well as abrasion, weathering and chemical resistance. Makrofol® films can be formed hot and enable high-quality printing with standard inks for screen or digital printing. Transparent, translucent and opaque films are available.

Bayfol® Polycarbonate Film represents our blend films made from polycarbonate and other engineering thermoplastics such as ABS. The transparent, translucent and opaque blend films have strengths including high heat resistance, impressive stiffness, good electrical insulation properties and excellent printability. Depending on which thermoplastic is blended with the polycarbonate, benefits can include better resistance to chemicals, greater elasticity and enhanced dynamic strength. Bayfol® also allows for easy hot and cold forming processes. Specific product groups are available depending on your intended application.

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FILM Dimensions:
24.5 in x 48.5 in
0.005 in – 0.030 in
COLOR Clear, 020209 White Translucent, 901510 Black

DE 7-2
Velvet/Fine Matte


DE 6-2
Fine Velvet/Fine Matte

DE 1-4

CR 6-2
Fine Velvet/Fine Matte

FR 7-2
Velvet/Fine Matte

UV-1 7-2
Velvet/Fine Matte
GRADES Fire-Rated, Light Diffusing, Printable Grade

Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Custom sizes and colors available upon request. Also available in roll stock. 



Makrofol® Graphic/Printable Grade Film– DE 1-1, DE 1-4, DE 6-2, DE 7-2, and PCVE are transparent or colored extruded film made of Makrolon® polycarbonate resin. Makrofol® is noted for its outstanding graphic quality. It is used for nameplates, labels, graphic overlays, automotive applications and medical applications. A variety of surface textures are available depending on your requirements.

Makrofol® Flame Retardant Film– FR 7-2 is a transparent, flame-retardant polycarbonate film which has a velvet finish on one side and a fine matt finish on the other. With its UL94 V-0 flammability rating, Makrofol® FR 7-2 is suitable for a variety of applications such as trade show displays, aerospace, and electrical devices.

Makrofol® Light Management Film– LM (light diffusing) films LM 228, LM 309, and LM 905 are tailor-made for light management applications. The range includes light-scattering, light-guiding and light-reflecting films in various finishes and thicknesses. Typical applications for Makrofol® LM films include: light fixtures, commercial lighting, sconces, retail merchandising, menu boards, jewelry cases, and lenses. Graphic/Printable Grade films such as DE 1-4 Clear and DE 1-4 020209 White Translucent have light diffusing capabilities and work well for many applications where cost is an issue.


Bayfol® Chemical Resistant Films CR 1-4 and CR 6-2– are Makrolon® PC/PBT blend offerings with high dynamic strength, dimensional stability, scratch resistance, and good cold formability. Bayfol® CR 1-4 has a surface texture of gloss - fine matte. Bayfol® CR 6-2 has a surface texture of fine velvet - very fine matte. Typical applications are automotive, keypads, membrane switches, hand held electronics, appliance, nameplates, touch panels and FIM - film insert molding decoration.

Bayfol® Chemical Resistant Film CR 210– is a Makrolon® PC/copolyester blend, extruded film with good forming properties and chemical resistance as well as color stability at elevated temperatures. Surface combinations are: both sides gloss, or gloss and fine matte. Bayfol® CR 210 is suitable for graphic applications, High-Pressure-Forming (HPF) process and In-Mold-Decoration (IMD) process. Typical applications are membrane switch overlays, nameplates, keypads and control panels.

Bayfol® UV Resistant Film– UV-1 7-2 is a UV resistant polycarbonate film. This enhanced film offers a first surface velvet and a second surface fine matte texture. Bayfol® UV-1 7-2 is used for outdoor and harsh environments, as well as for gas pump graphics, nameplates, and labels.

Tech Tip– Polycarbonate film is ideal for medical applications requiring sterilization, acceptable methods include steam autoclave, gamma radiation, and ethylene oxide sterilization.

Curbell offers conversion services which include:

  • Die cutting
  • Sheeting
  • Guillotining
  • Slitting
  • Rewinding
  • Interleaving
  • Tipping
  • Masking
  • Spooling
  • Laminating
Typical properties of POLYCARBONATE FILM
Haze % ASTM D1003 0.3
Light transmission % ASTM D1003 91
Yellowness index   ASTM E313 1
Tensile strength, yield psi ASTM D882 8,800
Tensile strength, break psi ASTM D882 8,700
Tensile modulus of elasticity psi ISO 527-1, -3 319,000
Tensile elongation % ASTM D882 125
Heat deflection temperature 1.82 mpa °F D696 11.1
0.45 mpa °F   288
Vicat softening temperature °F ISO 306 315

Values may vary according to brand name. Please ask your Curbell Plastics representative for more specific information about an individual brand.

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