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Semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymers show more order than amorphous thermoplastics. The molecules align in a structured crystalline form. The size of the crystals or spherulites is much larger than the wavelength of visible light, making semi-crystalline materials translucent, rather than transparent. Crystalline regions are small with molecular chains comprised of both crystalline and amorphous regions. The degree of crystallinity in a typical thermoplastic will vary from grade to grade, as for example in polyethylene, where the degree of crystallinity depends on the branching and the cooling rate.
Polycarbonate (PC), first introduced in 1958, is an amorphous engineering thermoplastic with exceptionally high impact strength, transparency, high temperature resistance, and dimensional stability. It has a high surface gloss and is available in many colors and color intensities. Additionally, it is impact resistant and maintains high strength and stiffness in a temperature range from -150 to +135˚C.
Thermoplastics are divided into two material classes (amorphous and semi-crystalline). Their classification is determined by both their transition temperatures and their structure in different states, which works great for molded silicone parts.
Plastics are either organic or semi-organic materials that have (as their main attribute) a very large molecular weight. These very large molecules, or macromolecules, give them their distinct properties and material behavior, when compared to other materials used in manufacturing or found in nature.