Acrylics and polycarbonates

We offer acrylic and polycarbonate products of the highest quality, sawn to correct measurements, both for hobbyists and professionals.

Information on Acrylics

Acrylics, which are also sometimes referred to as plexiglass, are an extremely multi-purpose and versatile product group. It is available as sheets, rods, tubes and profiles, and especially acrylic sheets come in different colors and surface structures. Approximately 30 different colored acrylic sheets are available, and you can get all variations of acrylic sheets that are in our delivery program quickly and effortlessly. Acrylic tubes are available as bright and opal white, and either shiny or matte. Acrylic rods are bright and shiny. With special ordering, acrylic tubes and rods can be delivered also in other colors.

Acrylic sheets - bright and colored




Acrylic sheets can be manufactured with two different techniques, either by extruding or moulding. Extruded acrylic sheets are cheaper and their heat modelling and machining qualities are weaker than in moulded acrylic sheets. Acrylic gets scratched easily, so when working on it, the table or workbench needs to be smooth and clean. Scratch resistance can be improved with coating. Acrylic sheets resist shocks much better than regular glass, and there are even shock-proof versions that can take shocks better than regular acrylic. Acrylic sheet resists UV radiation well, so it is ideal for outdoor use.

Acrylic tubes - bright

Acrylic tubes are available with many different wall thicknesses in dimensions 7 - 500 mm. Availability varies depending on the dimensions, so always check the availablity from our salespersons.

Perspex® Frost

Perspex® Frost acrylic sheets’ surfaces are treated from both sides. The surface resembles sandblasted glass. The sheets can be used as alternative to wood, steel, glass or ceramic surfaces in various applications. Available in 25 different colors. See the color chart linked further down.

Perspex® Fluorescent

With the fluorescent sheets you can create impressive, luminous solutions to expositions or shops. Available in 6 luminous colors. Suitable for indoor use only.

Perspex® Prismex®

An excellent acrylic sheet to be used with LED lighting. The rasterizing on the surface of the sheet carries light through the sheet. With Prismex, traditional illuminated boxes get a slimmer look. Suitable for different kinds of elements in interior design, as with RGB lighting, for example, impressive color-changing solutions become possible.

Perspex® Sparkle

Thousands and thousands of shimmering particles create a nice and vivid impression on the surface of Sparkle sheets. Available in many colors that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Perspex® Coral

A totally new kind of texture in acrylic sheet inspired by tropical corals. By looking at the surface in different lighting and from different angles it looks like the surface is alive, just like looking at a coral on a tropical sea bed. Color manufactured according to the client’s needs. Used in interior design.

Further information

PMMA product information
Perspex frost technical information
Perspex fluorescent technical information
Perspex prismex technical information
Perspex sparkle technical information
Perspex coral technical information
PMMA acrylic technical information

Information on Polycarbonates

Bright and shock resistant PC-sheets are used in warehouse windows and in safety glazing in machines and work spaces, among others. Polycarbonate sheets are also suitable for burglar proofing shop windows and bank desks. Polycarbonate sheets also come with hard coating, which makes their abrasion resistance close to the level of glass.

Technical polycarbonate, thick sheets and rods, is not entirely bright, but somewhat bluish. With heat moulding, polycarbonate sheets can be used in manufacturing shields, safety walls, cases and other products that require shock resistance. Polycarbonate pipes are suitable for visual glazing in water and oil tanks (note: not for hot water). Turned polycarbonate rods are used as seethrough machine parts. Polycarbonate cell sheets are used in the building trade, as they are light and shock-proof. Canopies, skylights and partition walls are made out of them when more light is required in the room but direct transparency is not required. For example warehouses, terraces and greenhouses. Polycarbonate is available as a semi-fabricated product in sheets, rods and tubes. In addition, different kinds of pieces and profiles are made out of polycarbonate by extruding and moulding.

Characteristics

Polycarbonate is a good choice, when the following characteristics are required:
- excellent shock resistance, also in low temperatures
- size stability and heat resistance
- stiffness and low stretchability
- great light permeability and brightness
- good electricity insulating ability

Polycarbonate does not resist:
- over 60 °C water
- oxidizing acids, bases or solvents

Mechanical characteristics

Polycarbonate differs from other amorphous plastics in many of its characteristics. Instead of glazing materials, it belongs to technical plastics. Great shock resistance combined with stiffness and hardness are characteristic for polycarbonates. These characteristics stay almost the same throughout the temperature scale of use. Cold stretching of PC is minor even under great pressure. Lasting stretch should remain under 1 %. Size stability is better than in partially crystallized materials.

Heat characteristics

The highest temperature of use is 120 - 130 °C. When temperature rises above 150 °C, polycarbonate becomes rubbery soft and easily mouldable. Coefficient of heat expansion and other more detailed heat technical information can be found in the polycarbonate technical brochure attached below.

Optical characteristics

Like glass, polycarbonate is bright and transparent. It lets through approximately 88% of visible light. PC blocks UV radiation (under 375 nm) almost entirely.

Physiological characteristics

Polycarbonate cab be used in machines for food manufacturing (standards BGA and FDA).

Chemical resistance

Polycarbonate can take mild acids, regular oil products, alcohols, hexane, heptane and under 60 °C water. Polycarbonate can not take strong solvents and many bases damage it, as well as benzene and ozone. Hot water (hydrolysis) causes polycarbonate to crack. That is why it is not recommended to use polycarbonate when handling water that is over 60 °C. Polycarbonate is apt to tension corrosion. This means that tension together with a harmful chemical may cause breakage. Even the effects of normal chemicals may override the material’s normal shock resistance almost entirely.

Weather and UV radiation resistance

Unstabilized polycarbonates do not take UV radiation.

Combustion

Polycarbonate ignites poorly, but burns with a bright flame, smokes and the fire goes out quickly. Melted mass bubbles, the flame flickers, the smell of smoke is undefined and its reaction is alkaline. On 230 °C the material degrades into carbon dioxide and the mass becomes brown.

Chipping

Semi-fabricated polycarbonate products are easy to work with properly sharpened tools. Compressed air or clean water should always be used for cooling. Cutting liquids or oil emulsions should not be used. Rough grind work should be avoided because it might cause great internal tensions into the piece. The abrasive used for polishing should not be alkaline. Sheets under 2 mm thick can be die-cut. Thicker sheets need to be warmed up to 130 °C before die-cutting. In that case it should be noted, however, that the size of the hole changes after the piece cools.

Heat moulding

Polycarbonate sheets can be both bent and moulded with heat. Because the material absorbs moisture to some degree, the sheets should be dried before moulding. As a material, polycarbonate is stiff and is not as easily mouldable into specific measures and difficult shapes as styrofoam or ABS. Polycarbonate sheets can also be bent cold, in which case the bending radius is the same as the thickness of the sheet. Cold bending can not be recommended in all cases, however, as it causes great tension in the place of bend.

Connecting methods

Mechanical connections, such as screwing and stapling, suit well for attaching sheets. Changes in measurements caused by heat expansion should be taken into consideration when making connections. Tongue-and-groove joints, that are based on the material’s elasticity, are suitable for attaching for example polycarbonate cell sheets.

Gluing

When gluing, the junctions need to be thoroughly cleaned from any dirt and grease. The gluing junction should be designed so that it is exposed only to clean pulling or cutting stress. Solvent glues can be used when gluing small surfaces. Methyl or ethyl chloride are used as solvents. After few seconds of applying the glue, the pieces are pressed tightly against each other and put into a convection oven to dry. For gluing large surfaces, glue in which for example 8 % Pc-monomer is added to the solvent is used. When gluing polycarbonate to other materials, or when filling glue is required, two-component epoxy glue is used.

Welding

Polycarbonate can be welded with all general methods, such as with ultrasound, heat element, friction and hot air. In serial production, special ultrasonic welding equipment should be used, as it is quick.

Coating

Polycarbonate materials can be painted as well as printed. The surface needs to be first thoroughly cleaned. When selecting the paint it should be acknowledged that the solvents can damage polycarbonate. Polycarbonate pieces can also be metalled in a vacuum chamber with a vaporization technique. Prior to metalling, the surface of the piece needs to be treated with a special varnish.

Further information

Product information
Technical information

Lexan Margard

Extremely hard PC-sheet for demanding use.

Lexan Margard sheets are hard-coated polycarbonate sheets. Due to this extra coating Margard sheets are extremely durable and weatherproof.

Because of their lightness and shock resistance, Lexan Margard sheets are the best alternative to glass.

Lexan Margard MR5E

MR5E is one of the hardest PC-sheets in the markets, and it can be used for example in different kinds of shields in machines and vehicles in industrial use (not for road traffic use).

Links

Product information
Brochure
MR5E brochure

Light decking

Light decking is an inexpensive alternative to a glass roof. Light decking offers the possibility to build light shelters to summer houses, terraces and canopies. As they let light go through, the structures are convenient for the yard and next to the house. Often a canopy works as a passage to the garden or as a separate summer house in the focal point of backyard.

Our suppliers have decades of experience in light decking. From us you can get tips on the structures of terraces and canopies. It is good to think about the purpose of use and appearance issues already when thinking about terrace decking. Building superviser should be contacted already in the design phase. Often terraces and yards are considered to belong to the range of lighter building.

Which light decking should I choose?
If you only need shelter against rain, the most inexpensive materials are PVC-trapeze and PC-omega light deckings. They both come in different colors and with all regular installation equipments. PVC-trapeze and PC-omega come with 10 years’ limited warranty.

PC layered sheets have become popular. With them, a tier-like light decking that does not collect any trash can be achieved. In addition, it insulates heat, so glazing the walls of your terrace would mean that you could use your terrace earlier in the spring and later in the fall.

In certain cases, especially if the terrace is in the facade of the house, glass could suit you better as a material.

When choosing a suitable material for decking, the following differences between PVC, PC and PMMA should be considered:

PVC PC PMMA
Inexpensive A bit more expensive than PVC A bit more expensive than PVC
Not entirely bright, bluish Bright Bright
Low shock resistance especially in cold temperatures Shock resistant also in cold temperatures Does not scratch easily
     


Installation instructions

Omega
PVC-trapeze sheet
PC layered sheet with h-molding
PC layered sheet with aluminum molding
PC layered sheet with TWIN-aluminum molding

Cell sheets

Lexan Thermoclear cell sheets’ applications are varied, and they are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. See the table on this page on applications. All sheets have a written warranty of 10 years that is in accordance with Sabic-ip terms of use.

Material

The sheets are made from extruded Lexan polycarbonate. Lexan Thermoclear cell sheets are extremely heat-insulant (U-value even 1,04 W/(K•m²)) and light-permeable glazing materials. Cell sheets resist shocks very well and across a wide range of temperatures.

Shield treatment of sheet surfaces

Thermoclear cell sheets are UV-shielded from both sides, or alternatively one side is UV-shielded while the other is Dripgard-treated (prevents condensing). Sheets that have UV-shielding on both sides as well as a coating that resist dirt are also available. This Easy Clean -treatment forms a hydrophobic coating that lowers the surface tension on the sheet, so that water cleans off dirt more effectively. Sheets with SunXP-treatment have a novel, longer lasting UV-shield, due to which SunXP-treated sheets are given a 15 years’ warranty.

Heat insulation

Due to its hollow structure, Lexan Thermoclear sheets have excellent heat insulation qualities. U-values are between 3.5 - 1.0 depending on the thickness and the type of the sheet.

Shock resistance

Lexan Thermoclear sheets are shock resistant and they maintain their shock resistance in the range of -40 … +130 °C.

Light permeability

Light permeability of Lexan Thermoclear cell sheets is, depending on the thickness of the sheet, even closer to 80 %. Heat loss caused by radiation is as small as possible, because the sheets do not let infrared radiation of over 2 000 nm through. UV-radiation up till 385 nm does not go through either.

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Brochures

List of products
General brochure, cell sheets
Lexan Thermoclear