Polycarbonate/Acrylic

//Polycarbonate/Acrylic
Polycarbonate/Acrylic 2017-09-18T13:22:17+00:00

JNS Glass and Coatings offers several polymer solutions for optoelectronic display fronts, instrument cluster panels, lighting fixture lenses and diffusers, contrast enhancement filters, ruggedized flat panel displays, and lens dust covers.   We also have years of experience in coating small polymer substrates with thin film coatings such as anti-reflective coatings, bandpass coatings, hardcoatings, oleophobic coatings and hydrophobic coatings. 

Key characteristics, Acrylic compared to Polycarbonate:

  • More likely to chip
  • Less impact resistance then Polycarbonate, but still 10-24 times more resistant than float glass
  • More resistant against evenly distributed loads then Polycarbonate
  • Less likely to scratch.
  • Does NOT yellow after time.
  • Better clarity. Acrylic can be restored to optical clarity by polishing.


Key characteristics, Polycarbonate compared to Acrylic:

  • Impact/chip resistance is much higher with Polycarbonate. (about 30 times more resistant than glass)
  • More likely to scratch.
  • Substantially more expensive. (roughly 2 to 3 times)
  • Used for more industry applications
  • Bulletproof when thick enough.
  • More bendable under normal temperatures (0-20°C)
  • Yellows over time due to ultraviolet rays
  • Easier to work with (cut, less likely to break)

Standard Materials

LEXAN polycarbonate  resin is an amorphous engineering thermoplastic, characterized by outstanding mechanical, optical, electrical and thermal properties. The LEXAN portfolio provides broad design versatility through its wide range of viscosities and product options such as: environmentally conforming flame retardancy, scratch resistance, toughness, heat resistance, weatherability, biocompatibility, optical quality, and compliance with stringent FDA and USP requirements.

Margard™ coated sheet – Available in four different types, Coated MARGARD™ Sheet not only has the usual properties of a polycarbonate material, it also has a proprietary hard surface coating on one or both sides. This makes it highly resistant to abrasion and weathering. Available clear or bronze-tinted, products come with a limited warranty against loss of light transmission, coating failure and breakage.

Mar/U.V.-resistant LEXAN® MR10 sheet combines the impact strength of LEXAN polycarbonate sheet with a proprietary abrasion/UVresistant surface that approaches glass in performance. LEXAN MR10 Sheet with MARGARD® II coating is the only polycarbonate glazing material backed by a ten-year limited warranty against yellowing, abrasion resistance, breakage, loss of light transmission, and coating failure.*

KSH Lighting diffusers:

Advanced Materials

JNSAC380

JNSAC380 is an abrasion, scratch, breakage and solvent resistant acrylic protective window made to withstand harsh environments at half the weight of glass windows.  New technology has made windows that are 50 times more scratch resistant and impervious to all types of solvents and chemicals including: acetone and MEK.

It blocks almost all UV light while averaging greater than 98% transmission in the 450-700nm visible spectrum. This acrylic protective window is a highly effective yet economical solution for covering camera enclosures and on-axis lighting. Available from stock in 2mm and 3mm thicknesses, custom sizes and shapes can be quickly laser cut in house. Often used in FDA applications.

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Advanced Materials

JNSAC380

JNSAC380 is an abrasion, scratch, breakage and solvent resistant acrylic protective window made to withstand harsh environments at half the weight of glass windows.  New technology has made windows that are 50 times more scratch resistant and impervious to all types of solvents and chemicals including: acetone and MEK.

It blocks almost all UV light while averaging greater than 98% transmission in the 450-700nm visible spectrum. This acrylic protective window is a highly effective yet economical solution for covering camera enclosures and on-axis lighting. Available from stock in 2mm and 3mm thicknesses, custom sizes and shapes can be quickly laser cut in house. Often used in FDA applications.

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JNSAC760 Acrylic NIR Longpass Filter

JNSAC760 is similar to AC685 or AC700 IR Pass/Visible Block acrylic sheet except that it also blocks a portion of the very near IR.  It is very well suited for use with 785nm, 810nm, 830nm or 850nm laser diode or LED illumination, or in situations where visible light emitted by arc/flash lamps need to be blocked while near-IR illumination is passed.   AC760 material is custom cut from a 2mm thick sheet according to customer specifications.

JNSAC685 Acrylic NIR longpass

JNSAC685 IR Pass/Visible block filter material is 2mm thick acrylic sheet with carefully controlled near-IR spectral properties.  It can be laser cut according to customer specifications, and is typically mounted over full spectrum UV/Visible/IR lamp-based lighting to insure that (mainly) infrared light reaches the subject while otherwise distracting visible light is effectively blocked.