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Non-traditional uses for Acrylic

Acrylic plastic is used in a massive amount of different industries, and this is as a result of acrylic's abilities.  Most people use or see acrylic on a daily basis, but most people don't recognize they are using or looking at acrylic plastic. There seems to be a tendency to confuse acrylic with glass, but as it turns out acrylic is more durable than glass. This is why you'll find acrylic in aquariums, banks, and certain sporting events.
Acrylic is:

  • Strong
  • Impact Resistant
  • Scratch/Chip Resistant
  • Clear
  • Easy to Clean
  • Lightweight
  • Easier/Cheaper to Produce than Glass

The above-mentioned reasons are why you will find acrylic almost everywhere you. Below, we will be going over a few different uncommon uses for acrylic, which should demonstrate its strength and durability.

When you think of planes, you should think of strength and precision. Considering the incredible risk that people take when getting into an airplane, you would expect that the plane be built with top of the line materials: materials that are strong enough for the job. Airplane canopies are built from acrylic plastic. The military and commercial companies use the material.

Although most people tend to use the word glass when referring to transparent bulletproof materials, glass isn't always used. Bulletproof panels are frequently made from acrylic because of the strength and impact resistance. Most banks use acrylic as opposed to glass.

Lens for fluorescent lights are typically made from acrylic. The plastic can soften the light emitted from the fluorescent bulbs. For those who have worked in a traditional office space, they are familiar with how harsh fluorescent lights can be on the eyes. Many grocery stores will dampen the harsh light with lens made from acrylic.

Operating a motorcycle can be extremely exciting, but at the same time it is rather dangerous. Wearing padding while riding is a must. You will want to get the best possible padding, and that is why acrylic is used for creating the visors on helmets. Considering how thing the material must be for comfortable riding, acrylic is more practical than glass. Glass is more likely to shatter, which can have horrific consequences.

Professional acrylic companies are able to create amazingly strong and beautiful acrylic plastic. Through processes like laser cutting acrylic and acrylic tapping, any custom final product can be made. What will use acrylic plastic for?

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