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10 Faqs About Polycarbonate Parts

2022-05-16 14:14:08

Polycarbonate parts are becoming more and more prevalent within the industry thanks to their lightweight but very durable properties. Polycarbonate is used in applications where strength and durability are paramount, such as aircraft windows (cockpit and cabin) because of its resistance to impacts, temperature extremes, weathering, combustion products, and micro-meteorites – just to name a few. Wedge-shaped parts have been manufactured since the advent of polycarbonate but there continue to be a lot of questions surrounding their use. We have put together answers to some of the most common questions we get asked regarding this type of part.

 

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What is a Polycarbonate Part?

Polycarbonate parts are manufactured from a compound of bisphenol A, carbon, and hydrogen.

Polycarbonates are a family of thermoplastic polymers that possess some important characteristics. They can be melted and reformed repeatedly without any degradation of their physical properties, and they are transparent to the eye (they transmit at least 90% of visible light).

A polycarbonate part can be found in a wide range of products including:

Automobiles

Electronic devices

Building materials

Safety equipment like motorcycle helmets and eye protection

Plumbing fixtures

 

What Are the Benefits of Polycarbonate Parts?

Polycarbonate parts, or PC parts, are a type of plastic that can be used to make many different types of products. They are popular in the construction industry because they are strong, lightweight, and easy to work with. There are several benefits to using polycarbonate parts in your next project:

Lightweight

Polycarbonate is much lighter than other materials and therefore easier to transport and use. A lighter product will cost less money to ship, resulting in lower shipping fees. This also means that you don’t have to worry about overloading your truck or vehicle with too much weight when transporting your goods.

Easy To Work With

PC parts are easy for anyone to work with because no special tools or equipment are required for their installation. The material does not melt under high temperatures and can withstand extreme weather conditions such as rain and snow without becoming damaged. This makes it ideal for outdoor applications where harsh weather may damage other materials such as metal or wood.

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Is Polycarbonate Easy to Machine?

Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic that is very easy to machine. It can be machined using lathes, mills, routers, or CNC machines. Polycarbonate can be easily cut with waterjet cutting or laser cutting, and it can be drilled with standard drills. The only limitation is the material thickness. Because polycarbonate is so easy to machine, it is used in many industries including aerospace parts, medical devices, and bulletproof glass.

Machining polycarbonate means you are going to be using some type of rotary tool (such as a milling machine) or wire EDM machine. These tools will cut through the material very quickly and easily without causing any damage to the surface of the material. This makes it a great material for many applications where you need accurate cuts in thin materials that are also flexible enough to bend around corners and curves without breaking or cracking.

 

What Are the Common Applications for Polycarbonates?

Polycarbonate plastics are very versatile, and they have a wide range of uses in the manufacturing industry. Polycarbonates can be used in a variety of different applications because they are impact-resistant, lightweight, and transparent. Here are some of the most common applications:

Electrical housings
Polycarbonates can be used to make electrical housings for equipment that runs on high voltage electricity. This is because they are flame-retardant and have excellent insulation properties that make them ideal for use in electrical enclosures for computers or other sensitive electronics.

Bulletproof glass
Polycarbonates are used to make bulletproof glass because they are extremely strong and resistant to shattering from impacts. This makes them ideal for use as security barriers in banks or other buildings where there is a high risk that someone may try to shoot their way into the building.

Windshields
Windshields made with polycarbonates offer better protection against harmful UV rays than traditional glass windshields do, which means they will last longer than regular windshields and won't need to be replaced as often. In addition, they provide much better visibility in bad weather conditions compared to traditional windshields because they don't fog up easily when they get wet from rain or snow.

 

Here are some common uses for polycarbonate:

Eyeglasses and contact lenses

CDs and DVDs

Bulletproof glass

Fiber optic cables

Aircraft windows and windshields

Laptop screens

 

Are Polycarbonate Parts Strong and Durable?

Polycarbonate is one of the most durable plastics on the market. It can withstand temperatures from -100°C to +100°C (-148°F to +212°F).

Polycarbonate is also very scratch and impact resistant. In fact, it's more than five times stronger than glass and twice as strong as acrylic!

So, yes! Polycarbonate parts are strong, but they're also extremely lightweight and impact resistant. The combination makes them great for applications like safety glasses, cell phone screens, mobile device cases, sports equipment, and more!

Polycarbonate is a tough material, but it is not indestructible. It can be cut, drilled, and machined, just like acrylic. The difference is that it will not shatter if you drop it or hit it with a hammer. However, there are several things that can damage polycarbonate parts if they are not handled properly.

 

How to Handle Polycarbonate Parts

When handling any kind of plastic or acrylic product, it is important to know how to avoid damaging your part. Here are some tips for handling polycarbonate parts:

- Do not use sharp objects (screwdrivers) when removing parts from the molding machine. The edges may be extremely sharp and can easily cut through the material.

- Be careful not to drop your parts on hard surfaces or leave them on a surface that has been heated up by your soldering iron or another heat source. Both of these situations could cause warping or melt in your parts.

- Make sure you place hot items into an oven mitt or towel before touching them with your bare hands so you do not burn yourself on the heat coming off of them.

 

How to Clean Polycarbonate Parts?

Polycarbonate is a tough, durable plastic that's used in many products. It's often used to make the lenses in safety glasses and goggles. If you have polycarbonate parts or lenses, you can clean them with a variety of methods.

Use Dish Soap

Dish soap is a mild detergent that can be used to clean polycarbonate lenses and parts. Pour a small amount of soap onto a cloth or sponge and rub the liquid over the surface until it's clean. Rinse away any soap residue with water and dry the part with a clean towel afterward.

Mix Vinegar and Water

You can also clean polycarbonate parts and lenses by mixing equal parts of vinegar and water together in a spray bottle, then spraying it onto the surface of the plastic. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water and drying off with a soft cloth afterward.

 

Are Polycarbonate Parts Unbreakable?

Polycarbonate parts are usually unbreakable, but they do have their limitations.

Polycarbonate is a sturdy material that can protect products from impacts and scratches. It's often used in the construction of eyewear and other protective devices because it's lightweight, flexible, and impact resistant.

Because it's so strong, it's often believed that polycarbonate parts are unbreakable. The truth is that there are some situations where the material will break. For example:

The wrong type of screwdriver can damage the part.

The wrong type of drill bit can also scratch or otherwise damage the part.

A drop onto concrete may cause damage to the part if it hits at an angle or lands on an uneven surface (such as a rock).

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Is the Polycarbonate Part the Same As the Abs Part?

The ABS part is made of ABS plastic and the polycarbonate part is made of polycarbonate plastic. The ABS plastic is a bit more flexible than the polycarbonate, but it's not very noticeable.

The difference between these two parts is that the ABS part has a slightly different color than the polycarbonate part. The ABS part has a white background with darker blue lines, while the polycarbonate part has a black background with light blue lines.

The main difference between these two parts is that they are made from different materials, but they still have the same shape. The main purpose of this product is to protect your phone from damages caused by drops and other accidents.

 

What Are the Properties of Polycarbonate Parts?

The properties of polycarbonate parts are as follows:

Lightweight: The material has a density of 1.2 g/cm3, which is lighter than most metals and plastics. This property makes polycarbonates an ideal choice for applications in the aerospace industry.

High strength: Polycarbonates have high resistance to impact and stress, making them ideal for use in automotive components such as bumpers or car headlamps. In addition, they can be used to make impact-resistant eyeglasses and goggles because they're tough enough to withstand scratches and breakages caused by impact during sports activities or other accidents. They also have excellent tensile strength (resistance to stretching) due to their rigid molecular structure, which makes them suitable for manufacturing heavy-duty helmets and protective gear for firefighters or soldiers.

Good thermal stability: Because of their high melting point (above 350 degrees Celsius), polycarbonates can withstand high temperatures without losing their shape or chemical composition when exposed to fire for up to 30 minutes at a time — a property that makes them ideal for use in jet engines, exhaust pipes and other heat-sensitive applications where heat may cause problems with traditional materials such as plastic or metal.

 

What Are the Advantages of Polycarbonate Parts?

1. Polycarbonate is a clear, tough, and strong material that can be used for a variety of applications

2. Polycarbonate parts are lighter than glass, which makes them easier to transport and install

3. Polycarbonate is resistant to UV rays, so you don’t have to worry about fading or discoloration over time

4. Polycarbonate parts last longer than most other materials because they don’t break or chip easily