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The use of acrylic

Acrylic is a transparent plastic that have gained widespread use because it's ability replace the glass. In everyday products it is particular used for signs, sales displays, roof windows, lenses and screens. But also for demanding constructions such as windows in submarines and fiber optics in the flat-screen TV's.
There is no plastics with greater light transmission, which even allow more light to pass through than glass. Since it also has numerous advantages over glass it is in many cases only the glass robustness against scratches, which saves it from being replaced with acrylic. Eg. the windscreen in a car is a very expensive product that, if replaced with acrylic, can be manufactured at a fraction of the price. It would just soon be scratched by the wipers. In the section "Acrylic versus glass" comparable properties of acrylic and glass are listed.
Acrylic is approved for use within the food Industri and used in shops for food storing. Both in delicacy and vegetable areas. Looking closely, you will discover that all types of businesses using large quantities of acrylic - signs, showcases, shelves, guards and gates in all colors.
A more impressive uses of acrylic is the big aquariums around the world. The panoramic windows are made of glued acrylic blocks.

Nordsøen Oceanarium in Denmark
  Laser cutting
  The use of Acrylic
  Production of sheets and profiles
  Cast versus extruded acrylic
  Chemical resistance
  Structural properties
  Dimensional stability
  Tension and notch
  Printing on acrylic
  Acrylic versus glass
  Acrylic versus polycarbonate
  Trade names for acrylic
  Environmental impacts of acrylics

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