PC (polycarbonate) is an amorphous thermoplastic with a high level of impact resistance. It is transparent, with electrical insulation properties and fair chemical resistance.
Applications: Lighting, housings, electrical components, lenses, medical devices, bulletproof glass.
Behavior: Thick areas can have defects such as voids, bubbles, and sink. If too severe, an ABS/PC blend or Acrylic can serve as replacements.
|Density||1.01 – 1.20 g/cc||0.0365 – 0.0434 lb/in³|
|Hardness||68 – 113||68 – 113|
|Tensile Strength (Yield)||13.0 – 65.0 MPa||1890 – 9430 psi|
|Tensile Strength (Ultimate)||22.1 – 49.0 MPa||3210 – 7110 psi|
|Elongation at Yield||0.62 – 30 %||0.62 – 30 %|
|Elongation at Break||3.0 – 150 %||3.0 – 150 %|
|Dielectric Strength||18.0 – 50.0 kV/mm||457 – 1270 kV/in|
|Melt Temperature||180 – 274 °C||356 – 525 °F|
Electroplating can be functional, decorative or corrosion-related. Many industries use the process, including the automotive sector, in which chrome-plating of steel automobile parts is common.
Painting the surface of a part improves its aesthetic appearance and can provide brand recognition to consumers. In addition, painting can have a protective effect on parts.
Screen printing is a printing technique where a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil.