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Acrylic, often known by its brand names Perspex and Plexiglas, can be supplied in many colours and finishes. Clear acrylics are by far the most popular, however, also available is a full range of colours and tints in solid and semi opaque. Also available are anti reflective finishes, frosted and pigmented fluorescent. Acrylics can also be sold with a silicate green edge to give a plate glass effect.
Acrylic can be ordered in several grades including: Extruded - the most cost effective solution. Cast - The best mechanical properties for machining and optical clarity. Impact modified - For increased strength.
Acrylic can be ordered in a wide range of thicknesses from 2mm up to 30mm.
The main advantages include:
Half the weight of glass
Unaffected by sun or salt spray
Temperature range of -30 to 160° F for continuous service
Good outdoor weathering
Clear sheet optical clarity better than that of glass
Easy and cost effective fabrication
Excellent surface hardness and durability
Superb chemical resistance - better than most plastics
Easy to clean and maintain
Other materials that Luminati Waycon will use for fabrication include:
Polycarbonate - 200 times stronger than glass, used for machine guards, safety enclosures and IP65 rated fire proof components
PVC - Flexible material and very cost effective, used for ticketing and card channels
PETG - Good for machine guarding and fabrications requiring strength characteristics
ABS - Cost effective
HIPS - Cost effective and low weight