Shop for Polycarbonate sheets, rods, and tubes. TUFFAK® (formerly called Makrolon®), a popular brand of polycarbonate, comes in unfilled, machine, or glass-filled, masked, clear, colors, and mirror. Polycarbonate grades include general purpose, sign, machine, glass-filled, FDA compliant, light diffusing, flame inhibiting, low flammability, abrasion resistant, bullet resistant, containment, and optical. Have polycarbonate custom cut and fabricated or machined into parts for your application.
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What is Polycarbonate?
Polycarbonate (TUFFAK®) is a transparent, strong and stiff thermoplastic with outstanding impact resistance even at low temperatures. Polycarbonate sheet, rod, and tube are easy to machine and have excellent dimensional stability. Polycarbonate sheet thermoforms well, is easy to paint, and bonds well using solvent cements or adhesives. We offer a wide variety of TUFFAK® grades (formerly called Makrolon®) to satisfy your specific application requirements. Looking for a thinner polycarbonate sheet? Makrofol® films are available including light diffusing Makrofol® LM for LED lighting, Makrofol® DE for printing and graphics, and Makrofol® FR flame retardant where flammability is an issue.
What is the difference between general purpose, machine grade, and glass-filled polycarbonate?
General Purpose Polycarbonate– Unfilled grades of polycarbonate such as TUFFAK® GP exhibit glass-like transparency and extreme toughness. General purpose clear polycarbonate sheet has a polished surface, is UV stabilized, and is often used in glazing applications. It features outstanding impact strength and superior dimensional stability. TUFFAK® GP polycarbonate has a 5-year warranty against breakage, making it cost effective for thermoformed parts and fabricated components.
Machine Grade Polycarbonate– Is a low stress polycarbonate used in many applications that require heavily fabricated, tight tolerance parts such as electrical insulator components, manifolds, diaphragms, and semiconductor parts. Machine grade polycarbonate has high impact strength, high modulus of elasticity, outstanding dimensional stability, and good electrical properties.
Glass-Filled Polycarbonate– Glass-reinforced polycarbonate is used in many industrial applications where metals are commonly used. The addition of glass fibers provide improved strength, stiffness, and lower the thermal expansion. Various amounts of glass fibers may be added from 10% - 40%. While glass-reinforced polycarbonate has less impact strength than standard grades, it is still tougher and more impact resistant than most other plastics and die cast aluminum.
What are common brands of polycarbonate?
Polycarbonate is also known as TUFFAK® (formerly called Makrolon®), Sustanat, and TECANAT®. Makrofol® is a polycarbonate film brand.
What are common polycarbonate applications?
Polycarbonate is widely used for indoor and outdoor signs, architectural glazing, POP displays and graphic holders, skylights, face shields, machine guards, semiconductor machinery components, transparent manifolds, and many other applications.
Polycarbonate Standard Sizes, Cut-to-Size, and Fabrication
- Polycarbonate sheet thicknesses– 0.030 in, 0.040 in, 0.060 in, 0.080 in, 0.093 in, 0.118 in, 0.125 in, 0.150 in, 0.177 in, 0.187 in, 0.220 in, 0.236 in, 0.250 in, 0.375 in, 0.500 in, 0.625 in, 0.750 in, 1 in, 1.250 in, 1.500 in, 1.750 in, 2 in, 2.500 in, 2.750 in, 3 in
- Polycarbonate sheet sizes– 24 in x 48 in, 48 in x 96 in, 60 in x 96 in, 72 in x 96 in, 48 in x 120 in, 60 in x 120 in
- Polycarbonate rod sizes– diameter 0.125 in - 6 in, length 1 ft, 4 ft, 5 ft, 8 ft, and 10 ft
- Polycarbonate tube sizes– outside diameter 0.375 in - 6 in, inside diameter 0.250 in – 5.750 in, length 8 ft
Polycarbonate colors– Polycarbonate is available in a number of colors including clear, natural, black, bronze, gray, and opaque white. Light diffusing polycarbonate sheet (TUFFAK® Lumen XT) and film (Makrofol® LM options) are also available. Mirrored polycarbonate sheet is available in clear and many colors.
Cut-to-Size and Fabrication– Looking for polycarbonate sheets cut-to-size for easy shipping or to meet your specific application requirements? Buy it online and choose your cut dimensions or ask about our polycarbonate fabrication services.
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