Lexan (a trademarked name by GE Plastics) polycarbonate film is a high quality, tough, dimensionally stable and heat-resistant material ideally suited to a number of graphic and industrial applications.
It is available in a range of thicknesses with textured, polished or hard-coated surfaces. High clarity and ease of printing and finishing ensures that Lexan is the ideal solution for reverse printed graphics, overlays, nameplates, high performance labels and fascia panels etc.
One of the major advantages of Lexan is that it is very strong, being almost unbreakable and much stronger than other transparent sheet materials of the same thickness. This makes it an ideal choice for backlit signage and panels, retail and point of sale displays.
The main properties of Lexan are:
All of the Lexan materials that we offer carry the UL94 V-0 fire safety rating. In industries such as rail, automotive and aerospace, where public safety is of the utmost importance, UL94 V-0 is an essential safety standard.
To achieve this rating, materials are put through the UL94 standard test for flammability of plastic materials for parts in devices and appliances. The test measures the self-extinguishing time of materials, and to receive the highest V-0 rating the material must extinguish in less than 10 seconds with no dripping.
That means that once a fire reaches the polycarbonate, the material would help to resist flames and the rate of spread will be very slow, particularly when compared to combustible materials. What’s more, polycarbonate produces very little smoke in the presence of fire.
Lexan polycarbonates are suitable for applications in electronics such as printed circuit boards and TV and monitor insulation, along with a wide range of uses such as panels and displays in buildings and transportation such as trains, aircraft and electric cars.
Other applications include:
At Bex Design & Print we have extensive experience with both screen and digital printing onto Lexan polycarbonate film.
Screen printing represents the highest proportion of our work, but our digital work is growing rapidly as we are one of the very few companies in the UK who are able to offer high definition, full colour digital printing onto Lexan™ and other high performance polycarbonate films.
Our ability to do this is made possible by the fact that we were the first company in the UK to purchase the Jetrix LX5 LED UV printer, an investment which gives us unsurpassed capability and quality when printing digitally onto Lexan.