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Polycarbonate (PC) belongs to a group of thermoplastic polymers, and are easy to work with and mold. It can be molded and formed at room temperature employing traditional sheet metal working techniques such as bending and braking. The various forms of Polycarbonate are known to be very tough, strong, and highly resistant to impact. In virtue of these attributes, PC has many various manufacturing applications.
The most common applications of Polycarbonate include the following:
This material is used in the production of CDs, Blu-Rays, and DVDs. The discs are produced through injection molding.
Automotive and Aircraft Parts
Injection molding of PC is the main material used when producing headlight lenses. It is also used to produce windshields for motorcycles, golf carts, ATVs, and small planes. Cockpit canopies such as those found in certain types of jet fighters are molded from this material due to its strength and impact resistance.
Another major application of PC is for its uses in the construction industry as casings for dome lights and other lighting exposed to the elements and also in the construction of sound barriers.
Myriad Other Applications
Polycarbonate can be used to manufacture a wide range of goods such as: Water bottles, protective eye wear, sport helmets, police riot guard shields, electronic display screens, luggage, computer cases, smartphone cases, and instrument panels.
Fun Fact: Both Bayer and GE scientists independently developed forms of Polycarbonate within one week of each other in 1953. The ultimate patent was given to Bayer as they were the first to file and had priority.