Clear acrylic has the highest light transmittance and clarity when compared to both polycarbonate and glass. It is a popular choice for display cases, framing, and furniture because of the material’s ability to have a crystal-clear glue joint and polished edges that will not have a green tint like glass. Plus, acrylic is shatter resistant with options for anti-glare and UV protection. Clear acrylic creates the top viewing experience while still protecting valuables.
Acrylic has a wide range of thicknesses that can all be CNC-machined, polished, glued, and bent for applications like:
- Sneeze Guards and Cashier Barriers
- Intubation Boxes for Hospitals
- Fixed, Pyramid, and Dome Skylights
- Display Cases and Museum Vitrines
- Residential and Commercial Aquariums
What is the difference between acrylic and plexiglass?
Plexiglass is a popular brand or trade name for acrylic. Plexiglass is to acrylic as Kleenex is to facial tissue. When customers ask for plexiglass, they are usually looking for cell cast acrylic.
How do I choose between acrylic and polycarbonate?
Customers often ask us to explain how to decide between acrylic and polycarbonate for their application. Simply put, acrylic is the beauty and polycarbonate is the beast. For displays where aesthetics is important, we would recommend acrylic, but if you are needing a material for security purposes or high impact resistance, we would steer you towards polycarbonate. Click here for a side by side comparison.
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