Polycarbonate (PC) is a durable, impact resistant, thermoplastic polymer. Many proprietary grades of polycarbonate are manufactured under trade names such as Lexan™, Makrolon™, Anjalon™, Durolon™, Lupilon™, Lupoy™, and Panlite™. Laser cutting polycarbonate is best done using a 10.6 micron CO2 laser, which produces a smooth but often discolored edge. Laser marking polycarbonate is achieved using a Fiber laser. The 1.06 micron wavelength Fiber laser beam creates an opaque black mark with a high level of detail.
Applicable Laser Processes for Polycarbonate