What is Polycarbonate?

Even if you are not aware of it, you have certainly used a product today that contains polycarbonate. Polycarbonate, after all, is used in just about everything such as eyeglasses, auto parts, medical devices, DVD's, lighting fixtures and Blu-rays. This is a naturally transparent amorphous thermoplastic that is important because it can withstand significantly greater impacts than many other polymers in regular use, yet transmits light internally almost as effectively as glass. In addition, the material's flexibility allows it to be molded without breaking or cracking at room temperature and to be reshaped even in the absence of heat. The term "thermoplastic" describe the property of polycarbonate and other comparable polymers that allows them to melt to a liquid state, making injection molding and recycling a simple process.


Although prized for its strength and flexibility, the transparency of polycarbonate sheet is what makes it suitable for a wide range of uses that other materials cannot. As mentioned above, it is widely used in eyewear manufacturing because it naturally filters UV rays and is lighter than glass. Here are some more particular uses that highlight the potential of this incredibly adaptable material:

  • Bulletproof windows.
  • Barriers and fences.
  • Protective Eyewear.
  • Greenhouses.
  • Fountain pens.
  • Luggage.
  • Insulation.
  • Lighting.
  • Protective gear.
  • Machinery guards.
  • Vehicle headlights.
  • Roofing.

Moreover, polycarbonate is frequently used in prototypes as well as final goods. Because of its strength and clarity, it's an ideal substitute for glass in experiments and studies.