What Is Polycarbonate Used For?
What is polycarbonate used for? It’s a good question and the answer may surprise you. Polycarbonate is a plastic material that shows up in almost every aspect of everyday life. Its popularity is based on the fact that it is versatile with a high resistance that makes the material much more durable than, say, acrylic or glass. Additionally, it is very lightweight and is ideal for molding. Here are some ot the common applications that should give you a good idea of what is polycarbonate used for:
- Contact Lenses
- Drinking Glasses
- Food Containers
- Safety Goggles
- Vehicle Windscreens
- Children’s Toys
- Computer Cases
- Mobile Phones
- Optical Media (DVDs, Blu-ray etc.)
- Medical Devices
It should be noted that all products in the optical media and medical device sphere use polycarbonate exclusively. Only polycarbonate can provide the necessary safety parameters, sterilization characteristics, transparency, lighter weights and shatterproof durability. Very high application usage is also evidenced in the automotive and building/construction sectors.
Environmentalists are also very pleased with polycarbonate. It’s fully recyclable and is a favorite of plastic recycling facilities. Traditional processes for recycling polycarbonate is to sort, shred, wash, granulate and then compound the material for reuse.
In summation, a good answer to the question ‘What is Polycarbonate Used For?’ would be ‘What is it not used for? It truly an example of the positive impact that plastics have had on modern life.
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