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Is Acrylic Better than Glass?

There are many reasons why acrylic plastic is so commonly used for several commercial and residential applications. When compared to other similar materials, acrylic usually comes out ahead as the superior material. Acrylic is a synthetic polymer that is also referred to as PMMA or polymethyl methacrylate. Below, we want to take some time to highlight the many benefits found when using acrylic plastic.

The material is easily fabricated and shaped compared to glass or other similar materials. Once heated to 100 degrees Celsius, the material can be easily molded into different shapes. Common shapes include tubes, bottles, picture frames, and display cases. As the plastic cools, the formed shape gets hard and sets. The material is used to make skylights and bow-front aquariums. Laser cutting acrylic is also a great manufacturing process for customizing acrylic.

Laser Cutting Acrylic

Acrylic displays are weather-resistant and so they can retain color. Acrylic is tough, which makes it ideal for home windows, car headlights, and lenses. Acrylic can be taken outside without suffering from UV rays. Custom acrylic displays left in windows benefit from UV resistance.

Acrylic is lighter than glass. Acrylic weighs about 50% less than glass, which makes it easy to handle, ship, and move.

Acrylic is impact resistant because it has a tensile strength that is greater than 10,000 lbs per square inch. Acrylic is known to be between 6 and 17 times more impact resistant than traditional glass. Acrylic does not shatter. If it is struck, it will fracture into larger pieces that have dulled-edges.

Laser Cutting Acrylic

If you are interested in custom acrylic designs, you should not hesitate to give our team a call.


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