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Polycarbonate rod is a semi-transparent thermoplastic that exhibits high impact resistance, good machinability, and excellent electrical properties. In addition, its low moisture absorption rate and good chemical resistance make it an extremely versatile engineering material and allows for its use in a multitude of industrial applications.

Polycarbonate rod has excellent dimensional stability and good strength and stiffness over a wide range of temperatures. Polycarbonate offers very high impact strength, high modulus of elasticity and a 270° F (132°C) heat deflection temperature at 264 psi.

Machine grade polycarbonate is stress relieved making it ideal for close tolerance machined parts. Our polycarbonate rods are produced using polycarbonate resins which meet the requirements of ASTM D 3935.

Features of Polycarbonate Rod:

  • Translucent, not transparent
  • UV resistant
  • Low water absorption
  • Thermal properties from -40°F to 270°F
  • Standard 10' length

Brand Names:

  • Ensicar® 
  • Hydex® 4301
  • Sustanat®
  • Tecanat®
  • Unicar®
  • Zelux®
  • ZL1600



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Rod 1/8″ – 12.00″ CTS Clear & Black

Give us your cut-to-size dimensions. We will precision-cut these plastics to your exact size. Additional sizes and colors available upon request.


Physical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Density g/cm² D792 1.2
Water Absorption, 24 hrs % D570 0.15
Mechanical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Tensile Strength N/mm² D638 9000
Tensile Elongation @Break % D638
Flexural Strength N/mm² D790 13,500
Flexural Modulus N/mm² 345000
Compressive Strength N/mm² D695 10400
Compressive Modulus psi D695 345000
Hardness, Rockwell R D785 118
IZOD Impact Strength Notched ft-lb/in D256 12-16
Thermal PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion mm/m °C D256 3.75×10⁻⁵
Heat Deflection Temp at 66 psi °F D648 280
Heat Deflection Temp at 264 psi °F 270
Electrical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Volume Resistivity ohm-cm D257 8.2×10¹⁶


  • Excellent impact resistance
  • Good transparency
  • Good dielectric properties
  • Economical thermal performance
  • Easy to machine
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