How Should I Cut Acrylic Plastic?

When using acrylic for projects, it’s common for customers to need to cut their own acrylic sheets at home. Maybe they bought acrylic in the wrong size, the right size wasn’t available when they purchased the plastic, or they’re just trying to reuse and repurpose an acrylic sheet for a DIY project. There’s a lot of reasons to cut acrylic, but there are special considerations to be made before cutting acrylic.
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The Advantages of Polycarbonate Roofing Panels

Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic with a reputation for being exceptionally strong and resilient. With an impact strength that is 250 times stronger than glass and 30 times stronger than acrylic, polycarbonate panels have enjoyed increased use over the past few decades. Today, polycarbonate can be found being used for anything ranging from eye protection to bullet resistant glass!

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The Difference Between Polystyrene and Polyethylene

Polystyrene and polyethylene are both some of the most commonly used polymers today. Both are impact resistant, lightweight, and available in many different forms, making them ideal for a wide variety of uses. With so many uses for both kinds of plastics, it’s easy to become confused about how to best utilize these products – however, these plastics have key differences that must be considered.

Let’s take a closer look at the properties of both polyethylene and polystyrene, and identify what makes these two thermoplastics unique:

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How Are Acrylic Sheets Made?

Acrylic is a plastic material that can be used for many purposes. It provides a cost effective, durable material that can be fashioned into a variety of shapes and sizes, although acrylic sheets are the most popular form. This is because acrylic sheets can be turned into windows, retail displays, and even aquariums–all while providing better impact strength and a higher level of optical clarity than glass!

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Which is Best-Polycarbonate or Acrylic Panels?

In the past, glass panels were the material of choice for windows, doors, and other clear barriers due to a lack of viable alternatives. This has changed in recent years, as high-quality plastics became much more affordable due to advances in fabrication technology. As a result, acrylic and polycarbonate panels have started to gain traction as alternatives for glass panels. Outside their cost-effective nature, several other factors have led to the adoption of acrylic and polycarbonate panels skyrocketing.

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What is Designboard and When Should I Use It?

Imagine being able to build furniture with wood that won’t rot—or metal that will never rust. While it may sound too good to be true, Designboard can deliver these amazing benefits to builders and designers. Even though wood and metal are extremely popular for construction due to their integrity and availability, Designboard seeks to overcome common challenges with the physical properties of these materials. Continue reading What is Designboard and When Should I Use It?

What is Bulletproof Glass and How Does it Work?

Bulletproof glass is a durable alternative to glass for structures and vehicles that need an additional level of protection. By using strong, sturdy plastics, bulletproof glass stopping a frenzy of bullets dead in its tracks, it is not fully impenetrable. In fact, no bulletproof glass is guaranteed to protect against all projectiles. Instead, bulletproof glass is meant to absorb energy from bullets upon impact. This means that “bulletproof glass” is a misnomer, leading industry experts to refer to this form of glass as “bullet resistant glass.” Despite this, it is very common to use “bullet resistant glass” and “bulletproof glass” interchangeably. As a result, when we refer to “bullet resistant glass” in this post, we are truly referring to bullet resistant plastic. Continue reading What is Bulletproof Glass and How Does it Work?

The Best Plastics for Outdoor Use

When designing products for outdoor use, plastic is an effective material that should be given serious consideration. Plastics are increasingly being used to construct greenhouses, playgrounds, outdoor furniture, and other structures that were previously dominated by materials such as wood and glass. There are many reasons for this, but plastic’s lightweight and durable nature certainly assist in making it an ideal candidate for outdoor structures. Continue reading The Best Plastics for Outdoor Use

Polycarbonate vs. Wood Hurricane Panels

Hurricane storm panels are a wise purchase for people who live in areas that fall victim to high-wind storms like hurricanes. For some regions, these purchases are an absolute necessity. For example, the Miami metro area and Key West have a 16 percent chance of experiencing the impact of a hurricane every year. Other high-risk areas include coastal parts of North Carolina and New Orleans. For people who live or conduct business in these areas, protecting buildings with hurricane panels is paramount.

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The Benefits of Marine Board for Boating and Docks

Marine Board is a form of HDPE plastic made specifically for use in marine and outdoor applications. This material is even stronger than typical HDPE and is specially formulated and designed to withstand harsh marine environments. Marine board is perfect for use on outdoor storage, boats, docks, and other equipment that needs to weather the elements. Continue reading The Benefits of Marine Board for Boating and Docks

4 Ways to Improve Your Sustainability Program

The pressure is mounting for manufacturers and businesses to recycle plastics. The reason for this is clear: A staggering 91 percent of plastic goes unrecycled, and about 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enter the ocean each year. As a result, responsible plastic use is a top priority for sustainability managers. Unfortunately, this is not a simple topic to tackle and often requires a concerted effort from all members of an organization.

Keep reading to understand the importance of limiting plastic waste, while exploring four practical tips to do so.

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Exploring the Differences Between Fluted & Traditional Polypropylene Sheets

When it comes to plastic, there are stark differences between the different varieties. Knowing the pros and cons to each will give you a better idea of which type is ideal for your specific project. Polypropylene sheets come in fluted and traditional styles, each with its own benefits. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the key advantages to using fluted and traditional polypropylene, as well as how this type of plastic can help you with your own project. Continue reading Exploring the Differences Between Fluted & Traditional Polypropylene Sheets

What is UHMW Polyethylene Plastic and What is it Used For?

When it comes to choosing the right plastics for your unique projects, there are plenty of options out there that can make it difficult to settle on the right material. However, if you’re in the market for a strong, lightweight, and durable plastic, UHMW plastic may be the material for you. Otherwise known as Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, this plastic often flies below the radar, remaining an unfamiliar material to most businesses and manufacturers.

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HDPE and PP Plastic: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to HDPE and PP plastic, there are a lot of similarities, which makes it easy to confuse the two materials when it’s time for your manufacturing project. However, deciding between HDPE and PP plastics can result in stark differences in your overall end products. For this reason, it’s important to understand what separates HDPE and PP, as well as the inherent benefits each material can bring to your business’s next project.

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Your Guide to Using Plexiglass in Your Next Project

Plexiglass, otherwise known as acrylic, is a versatile plastic that offers a variety of applicational uses. Given its rigid strength and superior visibility, plexiglass is a suitable material for a variety of commercial applications. But what about choosing the right material for everyday projects that don’t require commercial-sized materials?

As it turns out, there are several reasons plexiglass can be used around the house, or on your next small-scale project. With this in mind, here are some tips and tricks to help you get the most of out of your plexiglass without spending too much time or effort. Continue reading Your Guide to Using Plexiglass in Your Next Project

HDPE: What Is It and What Are Its Benefits?

HDPE plastic is a thermoplastic polymer made from petroleum. One of the most versatile plastic materials around, HDPE is used in a wide variety of applications, including plastic bottles, milk jugs, shampoo bottles, bleach bottles, cutting boards, and piping.  Known for its outstanding tensile strength, HDPE plastic has a high-impact resistance and melting point.

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The Commercial Applications of PVC Foam Board

While PVC foam board is used across a wide spectrum of commercial applications thanks to the material’s versatility, what exactly is this type of plastic? Moreover, what are the different ways that expanded PVC foam board can be used? As it turns out, there are several benefits to this type of plastic that make it a useful material for commercial projects. Take a look: Continue reading The Commercial Applications of PVC Foam Board

PETG: Uses and Benefits

PETG plastic, or polyethylene terephthalate glycol, is a commonly used material covering a wide variety of applications. However, you may not realize how widely used PETG is, or the benefits that make it such a popular material. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at what PETG is, as well how businesses can use its unique properties across a wide array of different applications. Continue reading PETG: Uses and Benefits

Your Guide to Plastic Recycling Symbols

There are several recycling symbols, many of which can become confusing if you aren’t up to speed on what they mean. With that said, we’re highlighting how these unique numbers can indicate the type of plastic, and what they mean when it’s time to recycle them. By understanding the meaning behind these symbols, you’ll be better equipped to help reduce waste, limit your carbon footprint, and help the environment.

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Commercial Uses for Acrylic Plastic

Acrylic plastic, also known as plexiglass, is a durable, affordable thermoplastic that can be molded into a wide array of shapes and sizes. For this reason, it is an ideal material for a number of different applications thanks to its strength and longevity. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the ways acrylic plastic can be used in a business setting. Continue reading Commercial Uses for Acrylic Plastic

Popular Uses for Polycarbonate Plastic 

Polycarbonate plastic is a popular and dependable material for a number of applications. Not only is it durable and malleable, but it can withstand significantly high pressure. Furthermore, polycarbonate plastic can be cold-curved, allowing the material to be formed into complex angles and curves at room temperature without cracking or breaking. Today, polycarbonate is used in a wide array of different applications—but how many of these applications are you aware of? Continue reading Popular Uses for Polycarbonate Plastic 

What is Expanded PVC & What are Its Benefits?

Expanded PVC plastic offers a variety of indoor and outdoor applications for your next project. Learn what expanded PVC plastic is, as well as the benefits and applications this unique plastic offers.

Expanded PVC is lightweight and rigid plastic that is used in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications. It is one of the most versatile types of plastic with extraordinary features that make it ideal for signage, store displays, POP, screen printing, stage prop design, cabinetry, wood replacement, projects, and so much more. It also known as expanded PVC foam board, contrary to its name, since it is not made from foam. Unlike foam, this plastic-based material is firm and considered robust for outdoor use and is weather, wind, and sunlight resistant. Continue reading What is Expanded PVC & What are Its Benefits?

Plexiglass Windows or Glass Windows for Commercial Use?

When you’re looking for a material to use for your commercial windows, you have a wide array of options at your fingertips. While it may feel natural to associate glass with windows, acrylic plastic (also known as plexiglass) is a material that can be fit into various shapes and sizes, and it’s hard to compete with its durability and clarity.

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Acrylic Sheets vs. Polycarbonate Sheets: Which is Right for Your Project?

Acrylic plastic and polycarbonate plastic both serve a wide range of purposes, but how do you know which plastic is right for your project? There are pros and cons to each, and while you may already have an idea for which you want to go with, reviewing the properties and applications of both plastics can better connect you with the material that’s best suited for your project.

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Advantages of Acrylic

Acrylic plastic is one of the world’s oldest synthetic materials available. Popularly used in a variety of different applications across industries like point-of-purchase displays, windows, signage, picture frames, furniture, aquariums, DIY projects, and more—this synthetic polymer is a versatile material with distinct advantages. Listed below, we’ve highlighted four of the main advantages of acrylic you should consider when choosing a material for your application or project. Continue reading Advantages of Acrylic

Acrylic Plastic Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Acrylic plastic provides a sleek, modern aesthetic to applications, projects, and display environments. While acrylic offers long-lasting beauty, it is important to properly care for your acrylic sheets and products by taking the right actions to clean them when dirty, scratched, and smudged. Cleaning acrylic can be challenging because of how sensitive it is to certain cleaners. Continue reading Acrylic Plastic Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

The Applicational Benefits of Polycarbonate Sheets

When it comes to surpassing the initial strength and durability of a sheet of plastic, a polycarbonate sheet is a good place to start. Polycarbonate sheets offer more strength than standard plastic and are more durable than glass, making them ideal for a wide array of applications. Let’s take a look at some of the key applicational benefits of polycarbonate sheets.
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