PC (Polycarbonate)

High toughness, excellent impact strength, transparent.

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Basic info

CNC machining, injection molding

With drawing: as low as +/- 0.005 mm No drawing: ISO 2768 medium



Clear, black

Light pipes, transparent parts, heat-resistant applications

PC (polycarbonate) is a type of amorphous thermoplastic known for its high impact resistance and transparency. It also demonstrates good electrical insulation properties and moderate chemical resistance.

Available in a range of rod and plate formats, PC is commonly used in the automotive industry for the production of instrument panels, pumps, valves and more. It is also used in other sectors for the production of protective gear, medical devices, intermal mechanical parts and more.

Material properties

PC (Polycarbonate)

Tensile Strength
8,000 PSI
Elongation at Break
Rockwell R120
1.246 g/㎤ 0.045 lbs / cu. in.
Maximum Temp
180° F

Surface finishing options

Electroplating Image


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.

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Bead Blasting

Bead blasting results in parts with a smooth surface with a matte texture. Used mainly for visual applications and can be followed by other surface treatments.

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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.

Polishing Image


Polishing is the process of creating a smooth and shiny surface, either through physical rubbing of the part or by chemical interference. The process produces a surface with significant specular reflection, but in some materials is able to reduce diffuse reflection.


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