Where is polycarbonate used? From Automotive & Transportation, to Medical, to LED Lighting applications, polycarbonate is used in so many things we encounter every day. This video will provide a few hints.
Plastics make cars light, economical, elegant and convenient. The K2016 concept car study features the latest plastics technology solutions, including holographic taillights, 360-degree polycarbonate glazing and a seamless front-end. Together with automotive OEMs, industry partners and future designers from Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden, we pushed boundaries to develop an autonomous, electric vehicle concept that showcases innovative and bold materials solutions for interiors and exteriors. Curious? Watch the video – From idea to execution.
As the automotive industry prepares for the emergence of autonomous vehicles, more attention than ever is focused on vehicle interiors. With the vehicle driving itself after all, every passenger in such a vehicle will be able to engage in whatever activity he or she desires. What will the interiors of future autonomous vehicles look and feel like? Here are some ideas from top automotive design students.
To visualize their ideas, the students used 3D and 2D renderings, posters and high-resolution photos, as well as mood boards, which are arrangements of visual elements that project the concept and emotional aspects of a design, while underlining the attractiveness of plastics.
In return, the project offered the students a welcome opportunity to gain practical insight into the work of a leading materials company. Two of the students will complete internships at Covestro this summer.
Providing natural light to interior spaces is a priority to Architects. Although glass can fulfill this requirement, it is brittle and heavy. Polycarbonate makes daylighting possible, while also providing resistance to vandalism & forced entry, protection from extreme weather, as well as flammability resistance that cannot be achieved with other clear plastic materials.
The DirectCoating process allows for the creation of finished, coated parts for automotive interior and exterior applications. It combines an injection-molded polycarbonate blend substrate with a polyurethane coating in a single machine, offering cost reduction and process efficiencies.
Healthcare acquired infections are a significant problem in healthcare today. One of the steps being taken by hospital staff to combat them is the use of more aggressive disinfectants to wipe-down hospital equipment. As a result, medical equipment housings or enclosures may suffer stress failures and unappealing surface changes. We have developed a new polycarbonate blend called Makroblend® M4000 FR which provides a high level of chemical resistance against many aggressive disinfectants to help mitigate the above problem.
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