Polycarbonate, is available in Clear, or colors, also available in Sheet Rod or Tube form, Oversize sheets are available to assist in yield optimization
Brief History on Polycarbonate
The polycarbonate polymer was discovered almost by chance in 1928, when the researcher E. I. Carothers of the company Du Pont, manufacturer of yarn, began to study polyester resins and aliphatic polycarbonates. He wanted a stable material to make the price of cotton yarn less changeable and to consolidate the availability of cotton on the market.It was a new, resistant and transparent material. Too advanced for its time, it was therefore momentarily put aside. In 1952 several scientists became interested in the polycarbonate molecule, they managed to replicate it in the laboratory, but it was a few years before they managed to obtain a final product ready for the market. In 1959 industrial scale polycarbonate manufacturing started. At the time society was not yet ready to accept the new, exceptionally strong, non-toxic and transparent polymer, but the opinion of the American public did not delay in showing their approval. Starting from the 70s through various promotional marketing campaigns, polycarbonate became steadily well-known and accepted and the designers to whom the polycarbonate molecule was presented became promoters of the innovation by beginning to include it in their work projects. It became used in the field of medicine, replacing glass, thanks to the ease of sterilising it and the disposable uses of the plastic material. For the same reason, it also easily infiltrated the food and catering sectors. In Italy the spread of polycarbonate started on a large scale later compared America.
Why Use Polycarbonate?
Polycarbonate is a lightweight, high Impact, transparent or colored plastic material. It is extremely durable and can be easily shaped for an endless variety of uses. Polycarbonate is one of the most commonly used plastic materials. Common applications of this plastic include skylights, non-glass display cases and bullet proof windows. Compared to glass, Polycarbonate is lighter and shatter-resistant, and has 250x the impact strength of float glass, but more susceptible to scratching and transmission of UV. There are some versions available that have a scratch resistant coating on.
Who Can Use Polycarbonate?
This material can be used by either individuals or businesses for a variety of uses, such as replacement windows for your garage door at home, or for displays for products in stores. The tough glass-like material can be used as side windows for Race cars, including windshields made of Polycarbonate, just to show another use for it. There are several material options available as an alternative to glass for this application, however Polycarbonate has proven to be superior in meeting the specifications at nearly half the price of other materials.
Our Product | What We Do
In our 7000 sq. ft. machining facility located in central in Brampton, we have Polycarbonate Plastic sheets in stock, where we can machine, drill, bend, and create speciality finished products to suit an Individual or Businesses required product. From 1 to 1000 parts we can replicate it to exacting tolerances, time and time again.
Polycarbonate for Industrial use;
We can create a wide variety of items related to and for use In Warehouse Or Production Facilities to ensure safety
- Machine Guarding
- Security Windows on buildings
- Conveyor Tunneling
- Machine Covers
- Machines Access Panels
- Electrical Panel Covers
Custom Polycarbonate for Retail use;
Custom units for:
- Windows for Kiosks
- Windows at Reception counters
- Windows for Containment Centers
- Cash Counter Windows
- Retail protection for Cashiers
- Security Windows on buildings
Custom Polycarbonate for Home or Cottage use;
Polycarbonate has many uses:
- Patio Table tops
- Replacement windows for Garages
- Window well covers
Polycarbonate or Lexan offers up to 250 x the impact strength of float glass, if broken though, it will not shatter and be as dangerous as broken glass.
Polycarbonate or Lexan comes UV protected from the Manufacturer, and will give you upwards of 10 years of service without yellowing or breaking down prematurely.
Polycarbonate or Lexan’s biggest benefit is the Clarity & weight comparison to that of regular glass:
- 99.9% Optical Clarity
- 50% half the weight of glass
WHY US | WHY DEAL WITH US
With over 33 years Experience in the Polycarbonate Acrylic and Plastics Industry serving customers across Canada and USA, you can rest assured our trained in house staff are here to assist you in every facet of your requirements;
- Material Selection vs application
- Yield calculation
- Competitive pricing
- Samples or Prototypes
- Product realization
- Lastly, On time Delivery
- Quickest Cut to size Service while you wait available “In the Industry!”
To you our client, to deliver a quality Polycarbonate products time and time again at a reasonable cost.
Attention to Detail
We take pride in the work we do, and the Polycarbonate products we produce, if we cannot display it on our counter, it does not get delivered to you.
Full Service Polycarbonate & Plastics Fabrication Facility
We upgrade our machinery and software diligently to be assured we are using Industry leading cutting edge tools & Machinery to work on our Polycarbonates, we have:
- Two in house CNC routers ( one with a dual head )
- Two in house Laser engravers ( one with a 5’ wide bed )
- 4 line 4’ Bender ( Automated )( capable of bending up to ¾” material )
- 4 line 4’ Bender ( Manual ) ( capable of bending up to ¾” material )
- 2 Line 8’ Bender
- In house Foil Hot Stamping services
- In house Vinyl Graphics printing & application
Come visit our Design & Retail Showroom Center located in Brampton, Ont, where you can browse and see some of our products, also see our quality in workmanship first hand. Our in house staff offer the benefits of our 33 years of hands on experience, which has enabled us to become well known and respected within the Plastics Industry. Come by and visit with Wayman "Ray" Harten and his team today. Their handshake will put you at ease, Their smile will tell you that you have come to the right place, you will then realize why the customers of Acrylics By Design Inc. return time and time again .
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can we Use Polycarbonate outside?
Absolutely, it is UV stable and will look beautiful for years to come in outdoor applications on your patio or around your home or cottage.
Will Polycarbonate break easily ?
Simply, no, It will stand up to to even the toughest of Environments & applications and uses with no fear of breaking in comparison to glass under normal conditions. It can even take the abuse from a hammer, which makes it great for use in high break in area’s.
How do we clean or care for our Polycarbonate?
When placing your order with our team, be sure to ask for cleaning instructions, they will be more than happy to supply the detailed cleaning information sheet to you with your purchase!
How long will it take for our Polycarbonate project to be completed?
We offer “cut to size” service while you wait on all of Polycarbonate or Lexan products, though Custom Shapes, Designs or fabricated parts will take a little longer, and will be based on our current shop schedule at that time, though it is our priority to always turn a round a project as quick as possible.
What if our Polycarbonate is damaged or scratched at time of pick up?
It will not not be! We inspect and double check every Item we manufacture or cut to size in house prior to giving to our clients, we also encourage them to double check as well before leaving our facility to ensure the highest quality product is delivered. We will re-cut and or replace any item that does not guarantee their level of satisfaction.
Do you offer a delivery service for your Polycarbonate products?
Absolutely! We bubble wrap and carefully package every item, and also have trained soft gloved couriers who have been with us for years who have the Expertise & Knowledge to deliver all of our custom products without incident, sameday Locally and across the GTA. Delivery Prices will be quoted at time of ordering with our trained inside Sale team.
Do you offer Colors or Mirror options in your Polycarbonate?
Thought you would never ask! Yes we carry a selection of colors in Opaque Polycarbonate or Lexan sheets. Our selection of clear Polycarbonate mirror is second to none in the Industry, and we also offer cut to size, design or shape with all these products.