Precision CNC Machining for Polycarbonate Components

We offer a diverse range of polycarbonate materials tailored to suit your specific needs. Whether you require the sleek sophistication of black, the crystal clarity of clear, the subtle translucency of translucent, or the enhanced strength of 20% glass-filled, our selection ensures that your components are not only visually appealing but also meet the performance demands of your application. Let us help you choose the perfect polycarbonate material to bring your project to life with precision and durability.

Polycarbonate parts produced through machining exhibit outstanding mechanical properties and maintain precise dimensional stability.


Precision Polycarbonate machining





Customized Polycarbonate parts



Polycarbonate Properties

Polycarbonate exhibits exceptional durability, boasting high impact-resistance while also offering lower scratch-resistance. To enhance its longevity, hard coatings are commonly applied to polycarbonate eyewear lenses and exterior automotive components. Compared to polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA or acrylic), polycarbonate is notably stronger and better suited to withstand extreme temperatures. When thermally processed, polycarbonate becomes fully amorphous, resulting in exceptional transparency to visible light, surpassing many glass varieties in light transmission.

With a glass transition temperature of approximately 147°C (297°F), polycarbonate gradually softens above this point and begins to flow beyond about 155°C (311°F). Maintaining tools at elevated temperatures, typically above 80°C (176°F), is crucial for producing strain-free and stress-free products. While lower molecular mass grades offer ease of molding, they sacrifice some strength. Conversely, the toughest polycarbonate grades possess higher molecular mass but present challenges in processing.




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Applications

Electronics: Polycarbonate is widely used in electronic components due to its excellent electrical insulation and flame-retardant properties. It finds applications in power systems, telecommunications hardware, and high-stability capacitors.

Construction: In the construction industry, polycarbonate is utilized for domelights, glazing, roofing sheets, and sound walls. Its combination of durability and lightweight properties makes it a preferred choice for building materials.

3D Printing: Polycarbonate is extensively used in 3D printing, particularly for producing durable plastic products with a high melting point. Although challenging to handle, it offers strength and durability in professional-grade printing applications.

Data Storage: Polycarbonate plays a crucial role in data storage, especially in the production of compact discs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. Its injection-molding capabilities enable the creation of optical discs with precision and reliability.

Automotive, Aircraft, and Security Components: In automotive and aircraft industries, polycarbonate is favored for its smooth surfaces and high impact resistance, making it suitable for headlamp lenses, decorative bezels, and bulletproof glass. However, coatings are often applied to enhance scratch resistance. Additionally, it’s used in security components like theft-proof packaging.

Medical applications: 

Polycarbonate is extensively used in medical applications, meeting high standards like ISO 10993-1 and USP Class VI (PC-ISO). These grades offer excellent biocompatibility and can be sterilized using methods like steam, gamma radiation, or ethylene oxide. Trinseo maintains strict standards for its medical-grade plastics, ensuring safety and reliability. Moreover, advancements in aliphatic polycarbonates have improved biocompatibility and degradability, particularly beneficial for nanomedicine.








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Automotive prototype assembly



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Key Advantages of Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate, an amorphous thermoplastic, boasts exceptional electrical and chemical properties alongside superior impact strength, rendering it an adaptable plastic choice.

  • Exceptional impact resistance
  • Robust strength and stiffness
  • Transparency for optical applications
  • Outstanding dimensional stability
  • Ease of machining

Polycarbonate Machining Applications

Polycarbonate machining finds extensive use across various applications including:

  • Gears and rollers
  • Internal mechanical components
  • Pump parts
  • Light bezels



Why choose Modo Rapid for Polycarbonate machining?

When CNC machining Polycarbonate at Modo Rapid, our team has extensive experience and takes into consideration the following aspects:

  1. Precise control of melting temperature: We accurately control the processing temperature to avoid material melting or deformation.
  2. Professional tool selection and optimization of cutting parameters: We choose appropriate tools based on material characteristics and optimize cutting parameters to ensure cutting quality and processing efficiency.
  3. Exquisite machining techniques: We employ advanced machining techniques to ensure smooth machining surfaces, avoiding tool marks and burrs.
  4. Consideration of thermal deformation: We fully consider the impact of thermal deformation on machining accuracy and take corresponding compensation measures to ensure stable dimensions of the machined parts.
  5. Experienced process control: Through optimizing machining processes and controlling machining parameters, we effectively reduce the influence of residual stress on machined parts.