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Emco Industrial Plastics offers custom machining and fabrication of polycarbonate parts for industrial applications. With over 30 years of experience, we have the technical and manufacturing expertise to produce precision custom polycarbonate parts that will meet or exceed your application requirements.

What is Polycarbonate?

Polycarbonate, a thermoplastic material, exhibits high impact strength and toughness, excellent creep, and optical clarity. It is available in FDA-compliant grades and in compounds that provide enhanced load bearing and wear resistance. Polycarbonate is highly machinable.

Custom Polycarbonate Parts & Products:

Emco can help produced polycarbonate parts and products built to your exact needs and specifications. We have commonly worked on these products, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Connectors
  • Seals and gaskets
  • Wear parts
  • Covers and housings
  • Wheels and rollers

We will work with you from your initial inquiry through the delivery of your finished part to ensure that your part meets or exceeds your specifications.

Our turnkey polycarbonate machining and fabrication services include:

  • Engineering, including CAD/CAM, product and tooling design
  • Assistance with material selection
  • Complete precision fabricating and CNC machining services, including thermoforming, CNC milling, vacuum forming, drilling, laser cutting, die-cutting, grinding, bending, CNC turning, and welding
  • Precision tolerances to +/-0.005”
  • Sizes from small, intricate parts and large parts
  • Quantities from prototypes through full production runs
  • In-process quality inspections and testing of finished parts prior to delivery
  • Certifications to meet industry standards, including MIL specs, AMS standards, or RoHs compliance

Emco Industrial Plastics uses the latest technologies and highest quality standards, supported by superior customer service to provide each customer with a finished part that meets or exceeds expectations, is delivered on time and on budget. Call today to talk with one of our polycarbonate manufacturing experts.

Polycarbonate Machining FAQ's

HOW DO I CUT POLYCARBONATE SHEET?

Polycarbonate sheet can be cut using conventional carpentry tools. Always use proper safety equipment when working with any power tools. For best results, be sure to use sharp cutting tools and minimize vibration of the material.

HOW DO I BOND TWO PIECES OF POLYCARBONATE TOGETHER?

Polycarbonate material can be bonded using several techniques including solvent bonding, adhesive bonding or mechanical fastening.

I NOTICE THAT LUBRICATING OILS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR POLYCARBONATE. HOW DO I KEEP THE HEAT DOWN DURING EXTENSIVE MACHINING OPERATIONS?

Many machinists use water spray. However, some find it not normally necessary due to the higher heat resistance of polycarbonate.

WHAT IS THE BEST COOLANT TO USE ON POLYCARBONATE WHEN MACHINING A CLOSE TOLERANCE PART?

The recommended coolant is pure water. When close tolerances are required, you need to perform the machining in steps so that you do not add stress and movement within the part. You need to anneal/stress relieve after each step of machining.

I'VE TRIED IN THE PAST TO HEAT FORM POLYCARBONATE AND HAVE NOTICED THAT TINY BUBBLES APPEAR ALL OVER THE MATERIAL. CAN YOU HELP?

The bubbles you are experiencing is caused by water vapor boiling in the sheet. Polycarbonate must be dried prior to heat forming. Generally, four hours of drying at 250°F is sufficient to remove any water vapor present in the product.

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