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Rugged thermoplastic with very good indoor durability.

Polycarbonate thermoplastic films are highly durable and cost effective films widely used in the production of nameplates, decals, overlays, and front panels. Polycarbonate films offer an unusual combination of features including:

  • Clarity
  • Dimensional stability
  • Toughness
  • Flexibility
  • Heat resistance
  • Excellent dielectric performance.

Performance Characteristics

Polycarbonate can be stressed from by cold-forming, flexing or embossing, which causes the film to craze or stress-crack. Elevated temperatures can initiate or accelerate this type of degradation. In these situations, an alternative material, such as Polyester, should be considered.

Some organic chemicals, such as acetone, toluene and halogenated hydrocarbons, will act as solvents to polycarbonate film and damage the surface. A hard-coating can be added to polycarbonate film to help protect the film from exposure to aggressive or incompatible substances. MPC strongly recommends performance testing when there is a question of polycarbonate film resistance to substances encountered in end-use.


Material Characteristics

High light transmission and low haze values make polycarbonate film one of the highest clarity films available. This makes polycarbonate film a favorite choice for high end second surface graphics applications requiring clear or transparent windows. Also available in textured and matte finishes.

Polycarbonate is typically used in thicknesses of .030″ and less.
Clear textured, matted, pigmented, metalized, brushed metalized, transparent colors.
Spot color or 4 color process.

Specialized Material Options for Your Application

Metalphoto of Cincinnati offers nameplates in a variety of standard material options, including our proprietary Metalphoto®  substrate. Metalphoto is photosensitive anodized aluminum, which features a silver and black photographic image that is embedded within the sapphire-hard anodic layer of the aluminum. This combination gives a Metalphoto part an outdoor life of over 20 years, and makes it extremely resistant to damage or degradation from environmental factors like abrasion, UV fading, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and corrosion from saltwater exposure. The National Association of Graphic and Product Identification Manufacturers (GPI) Industry Standards and Practices Manual identifies Metalphoto as the most durable printed aluminum substrate available, and it has been trusted by industry, government and military organizations like Caterpillar, The US Navy, NASA, and Boeing for over 50 years.  Metalphoto offers many unique features including:

  • Lasts over 20 years outdoors without fading or degradation.
  • Uniquely resistant to damage or degradation from environmental factors like abrasion, UV fading, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and corrosion from saltwater exposure.
  • Exceptional image resolution that allows for photo image, security and microprint options.
  • Ability to support unique information, including a unique barcode or QR code and letter/number combination on every piece.
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