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Acrylics & Polycarbonates


     Chemically, Acrylics are a synthetic polymer of methyl methacrylate. It is sold by the trade names Plexiglas. It is often used as an alternative to glass, and in competition with polycarbonate (PC). It is often preferred because of its moderate properties, easy handling and processing, and low cost, but behaves in a brittle manner when under a load, especially under an impact force.

      Lexan, or Polycarbonate, is similar to Plexiglas and is commonly described as acrylic in appearance, but is far more durable, often to the point of being described as "bulletproof", depending on the thickness of the sample and the type of weapon used. Lexan can also be bent into different shapes where Plexiglas would break.

     Both materials can be cut with a circular saw or a jig saw and can be drilled if necessary.

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