Polycarbonate (Lexan™)

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Polycarbonate (Lexan™)

Lexan Formulation and Characteristics

Lexan™ is a polycarbonate resin thermoplastic material that’s transparent, strong, tough, impact resistant and temperature resistant. Lexan is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It’s the best material to use where extreme temperatures and widely varying temperatures are a concern. This material is also resistant to scratches, corrosion, chemical abrasion and water, and it expands and contracts without damaging the material. Lexan has a top surface, which is available with different finishes, and a printable underside.

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Features and Uses of Lexan Polycarbonate Labels

Polycarbonate labels provide exceptional optical clarity, color reproduction, depth effect, graphic design flexibility, printability and dimensional stability. A common use of Lexan nameplates is as asset tags, in addition to other types of nameplates and labels. Polycarbonate nameplates are perfect for highly detailed printing.

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Lexan Nameplates – Grades and Advantages

Lexan™ nameplates come in various grades, including special textures for certain applications. A polished grade is available for panels and arrays used in LED or LCD display windows, medical packaging, audio/video equipment control panels and home appliances. This material is also widely used for other consumer electronics and indoor displays.
Polycarbonate is an eco-friendly material, and it can be flame retardant, UV resistant and compliant with FDA and USP regulations.

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Types of LEXAN™ Materials We Offer

8010 Lexan, Clear

8010V Lexan, Clear

8A13V Lexan, Matte

8A35 Lexan, Velvet (5-25 mils)

8B35 Lexan, Velvet (3-20 mils)

8B35E Lexan, Velvet

8B35F Lexan, Velvet

8B35V Lexan, Velvet

8B35FV Lexan, Velvet

8B36 Lexan, Suede

AutoFlex PC

Covestro Makrofol® DE 1-1 000000 Clear Polycarbonate

Covestro Makrofol DE 7-2 000000 Polycarbonate

FR60 Lexan, Polished

FR63 Lexan, Matte

FR65 Lexan, Velvet

FR66 Lexan, Suede

FR83 Lexan, Matte

FR700 Lexan, Velvet

HPXXS Lexan

HPXXW Lexan

Marnot® XL Hardcoat Clear Polycarbonate (Marnot XL Polycarbonate)

RowTec® Polycarbonate

Key Characteristics

Autoflex® PC from MacDermid Autotype is a hard-coated polycarbonate that provides exceptional clarity, low yellowness, low haze, and both chemical and scratch resistance. Autoflex is resistant to alcohols, dilute acids and alkalis, petrol and diesel, most household cleaning agents, and certain aggressive organic solvents. It also has a consistent gloss or anti-glare hard coat surfaces.

  • Autoflex PC Gloss G180, G250, G380, G480, G640, G750

Gloss finish; 180, 250, 380, 480, 640, 750 microns

  • Autoflex PC Antiglare A180, A250, A380, A480, A640, A750

Antiglare finish; 180, 250, 380, 480, 640, 750 microns

Lexan 8010 and Lexan 8010V clear polycarbonate films offer excellent clarity in every thickness, high heat resistance and dimensional stability. It’s one of the world’s most rugged polymers. Lexan 8010 film has a high gloss finish and meets requirements for UV stability. Lexan 8010V has the same properties, plus exceptional dimensional stability for applications that require UL94 flammability performance.

Lexan 8A13, 8A35, 8A37, 8B35, and 8B36 are transparent polycarbonate films, available in different textures. They provide high-temperature resistance, dimensional stability, and good printability, making them suitable for high-performance labels and overlays. The velvet texture is mar-resistant and can be used over LEDs.

  • Matte 8A13-112 (7-25 mils)
  • Velvet 8A35-112 (5-25 mils)
  • Brushed 8A37-112 (10-20 mils)
  • Velvet 8B35-112 (3-20 mils)
  • Suede 8B36-112 (10-20 mils)

Lexan 8A13V film is a matte finished transparent polycarbonate film, with all the features of 8A13 plus UL94 flammability performance

Lexan 8B35E transparent polycarbonate film has a velvet finish. Features include exceptional clarity, resistance against high heat, and excellent dimensional stability for all material thicknesses. Its low gloss finish makes it perfect for back-lit dials, overlays, dead-front graphics, and display protection.

Lexan 8B35F transparent polycarbonate film, with a velvet finish, is designed to eliminate pinholes for backlit uses. It offers heat resistance, clarity, and dimensional stability, plus a smooth surface.

Lexan 8B35V is polycarbonate film with a velvet finish, with the same features of 8B35 in addition to meeting UL94 flammability requirements.

Lexan 8B35FV film is velvet finished transparent polycarbonate, with the same properties as 8B35F, with UL94 flammability characteristics.

Note: The following Lexan film grades now meet UL94 - VTM-2 / V-2 ratings: 8010 (30mil), 8A13F (20mil), 8A35 (7mil, 20mil), 8B35 (7mil, 15mil, 20mil), and 8B35F (15mil through 30mil), with the same specifications for gauge/width tolerance, gloss, surface texture, and cosmetic variables. V grades have been discontinued.

Lexan HPXXS Series UV coated graphic film is high performance with very good abrasion and chemical resistance. It’s highly durable and easily printed, with coating and texture adhesion, even with exposure to household cleaners.

Lexan HPXXW Series high-performance coated film offers very good resistance to abrasion, chemicals, and UV. It has a special coating that’s resistant to hazing and yellowing in bright sunlight. These qualities make HPXXW recommended for outdoor graphic uses such as warning labels and marine graphics.

Lexan FRXX is a flame-retardant, clear, thin-gauge polycarbonate film, available in different finishes. Its UL94 V-0 listing meets the strictest requirements for various electronic, electrical and transportation uses. This material supports die-cutting, thermoforming and hydroforming, and is excellent for backlit aircraft in-flight displays and panels, among other applications.

  • Lexan FR60 – polished
  • Lexan FR63 – matte
  • Lexan FR65 – velvet
  • Lexan FR66 – suede
  • Lexan FR83 – transparent matte

Lexan FR700 black, velvet flame-retardant polycarbonate film is dimensionally stable at high temperatures and has a high flammability rating. It also has a UL94 V-0 listing and superior mechanical properties.

Marnot XL Clear Hardcoated Polycarbonate offers the appearance of a clear gloss material with high chemical, scratch, and abrasion resistance. This makes it appropriate for appliance overlays, nameplates, and lenses.

RowTec® Polycarbonate films are recommended for applications that require thermal, optical, electrical, and mechanical characteristics.

They’re available with different textures and thicknesses and provide clarity, impact resistance, dimensional stability, and dielectric properties. RowTec polycarbonate is used for applications like labels, backlit displays, dial indicators, instrument panel overlays, graphic panels, and scales. Thicknesses range from 0.002” – 0.040”, and in gloss, velvet, matte, and suede.

  • RowTec – Standard Polycarbonate Film
  • RowTec HC – a high-abrasion and chemically resistant coated film
  • RowTec RT – with PreLume® Light Reflection Technology for whiter, brighter graphics
  • RowTec V – meets UL94 VTM-2 at 0.005” - 0.010”

Polycarbonate Nameplates- Available Options

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Available options for polycarbonate nameplates include thickness/gauge variations (.005” - .030”), die-cutting, and various finishes and textures. You can choose from clear (high gloss), matte in different degrees, anti-glare, satin, or velvet finish. Lexan is transparent. The finished nameplate will be whatever colors are screen printed or digitally printed.

Custom Lexan Nameplates- Selective Textures & Adhesives

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With selective textures and adhesives, different parts of the Lexan™ nameplate are treated in different ways. Usually, the finished nameplate has the finish/texture of the base material and the graphics are reverse printed on the untextured underside of the material.

We can apply (print or laminate) finishes/textures on the top side, covering the entire surface, or print only in certain areas selectively. For example, we can take a glossy polyester nameplate and print a selective velvet texture over everything except for the company logo graphic and text. This makes the logo “pop out” from the background.

The adhesive is usually rolled on and covers the entire underside of the nameplate. It can have holes selectively cut in it for transparent windows. Windows are areas with no printing which may or may not have adhesive.

Lexan nameplates can be designed to UL® or CSA-approved specifications.