Polycarbonate is a modern plastic material with many beneficial properties, namely its high optical clarity, and great durability. It is visually similar to glass, but thirty times more impact-resistant, making it as strong as some metals. Consequently, there are many use cases for polycarbonate, such as a replacement for security windows, or tiny non-conductive parts for machinery.
Regular solvents won’t adhere to polycarbonate. In fact, standard household glues may cause polycarbonate to undergo “crazing,” which occurs when chemicals break down the polymer’s microscopic bonds, causing small, crack-like streaks. While this won’t damage the polycarbonate significantly, it will create an unseemly appearance.
Thankfully, there are many effective methods for gluing, or fusing, polycarbonate plastic. Gluing and fusing are not exactly the same, however. While glues leave an adhesive behind, fusing causes a chemical reaction that allows the polycarbonate to melt back together. This is similar to the processes used to glue acrylic plastic.
Each of these bonding and fusing agents have different chemical properties, which may be ideal for different use cases. Let’s go over four common methods used to repair, bond, or fuse polycarbonate plastic. Continue reading Which Glues Work for Polycarbonate Plastic
Acrylic is one of the most versatile and commonly used materials in modern manufacturing. It goes under a lot of names, including PMMA, plexiglass, Optix, Perspex, and Acrylic Glass. It’s most commonly used in its sheet form, but it can be easily formed into a variety of shapes, like tubes and rods. While acrylic is usually transparent, it is available in a wide range of colors and tints.
There’s a lot of reasons behind the ubiquity of acrylic – and it is a truly amazing material that plays a major part in modern life. Let’s go over 30 acrylic facts that reinforce how influential this material is. Continue reading 30 Amazing Acrylic (PMMA) Plastic Facts and Figures
Throughout the ages, many of the greatest artists painted on unconventional surfaces. By straying from more basic materials like canvas, these artists made their pieces stand out with materials like stone, wood, and glass. Today, this same creativity persists among artists and DIY crafters with a new material – acrylic plastic, also known as plexiglass. With the right knowledge, painting on acrylic can create anything ranging from amazing three-dimensional art to eye-popping signs for an event. Continue reading How to Paint on Frosted Acrylic Plastic Panels
When shopping for acrylic for your home or business, you may have encountered a few strange initialisms surrounding these plastic sheets. When acrylic sheets are described as OP3, OP2, P95, and P99, the significance is not exactly intuitive – and evaluating product differences through the screen of your phone or computer is a taxing endeavor. Continue reading What Are OP3, P95, and P99 Plastic Acrylic Sheets?
Acrylic – also known as Plexiglass, Perspex, and Lucite – is an exceptionally popular type of plastic since it has many useful advantages. For example, clear acrylic sheets have exceptional optical clarity, while colored acrylic sheets are available in a spectrum of colors. Continue reading How to Remove Scratches from Plexiglass
Acrylic plastic is becoming increasingly popular for home use, with applications ranging from furniture to greenhouse panels. This is especially true for clear acrylic sheets – although these sheets are visually similar to glass, acrylic is half the weight and 17 times more durable. Although clear acrylic is arguably the most popular type of acrylic plastic, this thermoplastic polymer is available a large swath of colors, hues, and tints, making it great for decorative applications. Continue reading 7 Ways to Use Acrylic Sheets at Home
Heat resistance is a primary consideration that should be made before purchasing plastics. For some applications, heat resistance is more important – may be the plastic will be stored in an autoclave, or may commonly interact with flames. If a plastic melts or has its structural integrity compromised by heat, it can spell disaster – so, engineers are wise to choose plastics that are designed to endure extreme heat. Continue reading The Best Engineering Plastics for Extreme Heat
Polycarbonate siding, also known as twinwall and multiwall polycarbonate sheets, is a durable plastic material with a long list of potential uses. Although polycarbonate siding is often used to construct greenhouses, it is also used for window replacements, light covers, carports, windbreaks, and more.
Continue reading The Benefits of Polycarbonate Siding
There are two main classes of polymers: Thermoset plastics, and thermoplastics. While the names of these two kinds of plastic may seem similar, they actually have several key differences. These differences can influence the performance of these plastics, making them ideal for different use cases.
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When using acrylic for projects, it’s common for customers to need to cut their own acrylic sheets at home. Maybe they bought their sheet of plexiglass 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 are a lot of reasons to cut acrylic, but there are special considerations to be made before cutting acrylic.
Continue reading How Do You Cut Plexiglass Acrylic Plastic?
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!
Continue reading The Advantages of Polycarbonate Roofing Panels
Polystyrene and polyethylene are 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:
Continue reading The Difference Between Polystyrene and Polyethylene
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!
Continue reading How Are Acrylic Sheets Made?
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. Continue reading Which is Best-Polycarbonate or Acrylic Panels?
In the manufacturing industry, workplace safety is paramount. Due to the array of heavy machinery on the factory floor, there can be many potential safety hazards that manufacturers must seek to resolve to prevent injury as well as disruptions in the production process. Continue reading Improving Manufacturing with Plexiglass
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?
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?
When designing products for outdoor use, plastic is an effective material that should be given serious consideration. Plastics are increasingly being used to construct greenhouse panels, 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
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
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. Continue reading 4 Ways to Improve Your Sustainability Program
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
Polypropylene Plastic or PP, is a thermoplastic polymer which is created by propylene monomers and it has a wide range of commercial benefits. Depending on your specific needs, polypropylene plastic may be exactly what you’re looking for to tackle a wide range of projects. Continue reading The Applicational Benefits of Polypropylene Plastic
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.
Continue reading What is UHMW Polyethylene Plastic and What is it Used For?
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.
Continue reading HDPE and PP Plastic: What’s the Difference?
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 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.
As a result, HDPE plastic offers a variety of benefits and capabilities for commercial use. With this in mind we’re exploring some of the benefits this multifaceted plastic offers. Take a look: Continue reading HDPE: What Is It and What Are Its Benefits?
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 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
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.
Let’s look at some of the most common recycling symbols and how you can ensure that your plastic sheets, tubes, and rods make it into the correct bin. Continue reading Your Guide to Plastic Recycling Symbols
HDPE, also known as high-density polyethylene, is a popular plastic for cutting boards and food containers. For restaurants, chefs, and anyone who often cooks, there are many reasons HDPE is a superior material for cutting boards. Continue reading The Benefits of HDPE Cutting Boards
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
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
PVC foam sheets have many names such as expanded PVC, polyvinyl chloride foam boards, and Komatex board. Contrary to its name, it is not made from average foam, this plastic-based material is formed from foam polyvinyl chloride. This plastic panel was first created by Eugen Baumann, a German chemist, in 1872. It has been known to be FDA compliant making it useful for housing and commercial applications. PVC tends to be cost-effective and easy to work with. Continue reading What is Expanded PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)?
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.
Let’s take a look at both acrylic sheets and polycarbonate sheets, while highlighting what you should take into consideration before selecting one or the other for your respective project. Continue reading Acrylic Sheets vs. Polycarbonate Sheets: Which is Right for Your Project?
Acrylic plastic is one of the world’s oldest synthetic materials available. If you aren’t familiar with the plastic, it’s a common material that is often referred to as Plexiglass. Popularly used in a variety of different applications across industries including point-of-purchase displays, windows, signage, picture frames, furniture, aquariums, DIY projects, and more—this synthetic polymer is a versatile material with distinct advantages. Continue reading The Advantages of Acrylic Plastic
Acrylic plastic provides a sleek, modern aesthetic to applications, projects, and display environments. While plexiglass 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 plexiglass acrylic can be challenging because of how sensitive it is to certain cleaners. Continue reading How to Clean and Maintain Plexiglass Acrylic
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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