Polycarbonate tubes provide the clarity of glass and high impact resistance of plastic, making them a perfect choice for unique design and fabrication opportunities.
Polycarbonate tubes are usually made from UV approved and UL rated materials, and they have excellent high temperature resistance and are flame-resistant and self-extinguishing. Polycarbonate tubes can be machined, drilled, cut and sawed and are easily joined with solvents or adhesives.
Polycarbonate is an incredibly useful industrial material. It can be used to make sight glasses, medical devices, electronics packaging, flow lines, LED tubing, bulletproof windows, and compact disks, among other products. Polycarbonate tubes are the perfect choice for very demanding applications as they are largely unaffected by humidity changes, greases, oils and acids.
Clear polycarbonate tubes can be used in many rough duty applications where an acrylic tube would not be suitable such as for use in food chutes, pressure chambers, or for heavier products. They are generally very strong, but care should be taken to make sure that the tubes are used correctly.
Polycarbonate tubes are a great option for cost effectiveness and energy efficiency. They can be manufactured in a variety of colors and even come in transparent varieties, which allow the tubes to be used in many of the same applications as glass tubes. While offering the transparency and clarity of glass, polycarbonate tubes are almost 250 times stronger than their glass counterparts.
Along with incredible strength, these tubes are also lightweight which makes them especially useful in weight-sensitive applications. Their high impact resistance and insulating properties also provide manufacturers with additional advantages. These exceptional features make polycarbonate an excellent option for electronic components, construction materials, and data storage.
Polycarbonate tubing in particular is great for architectural purposes as well as in automotive and aerospace manufacturing. While these tubes are outstandingly durable, they are susceptible to scratching and abrasion. However, this small problem is easily overcome by applying a hard coating to the surface of the tubing.