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Polycarbonate Machining – Clarity and Resilience

Polycarbonate is a material which is greatly favoured by many of IPFL’s customers. Its high impact resistance, electrical properties and optical clarity are all properties which are sought after in many industries.

At a Glance
Toughness
High impact resistance
Flexibility
Optical clarity
Temperature Resistant
Excellent elongation

The Advantages & Uses of PC for Machining

Optical Excellence Meets Durability

Polycarbonate stands out as a superior alternative to acrylic when higher strength, elongation, and impact resistance are needed, along with the necessity for optical clarity. Its ability to withstand significant stress and environmental factors makes it an ideal material for precision machining.

Diverse Applications Across Industries

Optical Clarity: Essential for products where clear visibility is crucial, like light guides, windows, and lenses.

High Impact Resistance: Makes PC perfect for protective housings, manifolds, and covers where durability is a key requirement.

Excellent Elongation: Allows for flexibility in design, making it suitable for a range of complex shapes and sizes.

Applications of Machined Polycarbonate

Electronics: Ideal for creating durable and transparent casings and components.
Automotive and Aerospace: Used in components like windows due to its clarity and strength.
Optical Industry: Essential for producing a variety of lenses and light covers.

Other Plastic Machining Materials

ABS

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is a high impact, tough material available with a range of options and properties.
Appearance
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
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Acetal

Acetal is a high strength, high rigidity homopolymer with excellent surface coeffiecient making it ideal for demanding industrial and medical applications.
Appearance
Tough smooth finish
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
Acetal Plastic Product Development

Acrylic

Acrylic's properties include high machinability, good thermal properties for a broad range of temperatures, and the distortion-free light transmission.
Appearance
Transparent
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
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COC

This very new material is now being leverage for applications where other materials such as acrylic could not perform.
Appearance
Transparent
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
Micro-fluidic Diffusion Bonded manifold

Corian

This beautiful looking material is composed of acrylic with mineral additives giving it a stone-like appearance.
Appearance
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
Corian material

HDPE

High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is a high strength to density ratio polymer which is generally considered a low cost solution to many applications.
Appearance
Tough smooth finish
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
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HIPS

HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) is a low cost, durable and light weight plastic which can be machined and vacuum formed on mass for many types of products.
Appearance
Various
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
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Mylar

Mylar is the branded group of Polyethylene Terephthalate films and plastic sheets from Dupont. Supplied in a variety of different styles and finishes there are many applications which this materials can be applied.
Appearance
Clear sheet
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
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Nylon

Available with many different properties and additive, Nylon (Polyamide) is a widely used plastic throughout many industries.
Appearance
Black or grey
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
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PC

Polycarbonate is a material which is greatly favoured by many of IPFL’s customers. Its high impact resistance, electrical properties and optical clarity are all properties which are sought after in many industries.
Appearance
Transparent
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
Manufacturers of Plastic PC Covers

PEEK

PEEK (polyetheretherketone) is a high performance plastic utilised for applications requiring chemical and water resistance as well as high temperature applications.
Appearance
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
Product Developers and Specialists UK

PET-G

Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PET-G), is a light, semi-rigid material with good impact resistance. With its low water absorbtion it is commonly used in aqueous environments and can be utilised through both machining and 3D printing processes.
Appearance
Various
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
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PTFE

PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), often known as Teflon, is well know for its low surface coefficient which makes it ideal for many industrial and medical applications.
Appearance
Tough smooth finish
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
PTFE Boxes, Cases and Enclosures

PVC

PolyvinylChloride (PVC) is a well known and widely used plastic polymer which comes in two basic forms with slightly varying properties.
Appearance
Various
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
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Ultem

ULTEM is a High performance thermoplastic, also known as PEI, or polyetherimide, and is usually transparent amber in colour.
Appearance
Tan transparent
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
Technical Information
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