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Sep
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Two New LuciteLux™ Cast Acrylic SheetsPin ItTwo exciting new cast acrylic sheet products by Lucite International are now part of the E&T Plastics portfolio:  the LuciteLux™ Rio Designer Series and LuciteLux™ Coral.  Both LuciteLux™ products are praised for their innovative qualities and beauty and promise to appeal to designers, fabricators and architects for use in a wide range of applications.   LuciteLux™Rio Designer Series Developed in partnership with Brazil-based Bérkel Chapas Acrilicas Ltda., the LuciteLux™ Rio Designer Series is a 100% acrylic-based surface that provides endless shape and design options, from chairs to wall cladding to signage and more.  Noted for its
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Sep
20

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Bullet-Resistant Windows Prevail Over Bad GuysPin ItWindows are often the favored point of entry for would-be robbers and thieves, but plastic sheet windows (commonly known as “bulletproof” or “bullet-resistant” glass) are increasingly foiling their attempts.  Here are a few real headlines and news reports from around the country where criminals have been confronted by bullet-resistant plastic sheet windows and the windows have prevailed! Molotov Cocktail Bounces Off Plexiglass Window Ridgecrest, California (Feb. 2011) – Two men were arrested and charged with arson and using an explosive or destructive device in connection with an alleged firebombing at the Sierra Sands Unified School District office shortly after midnight Feb. 8, 2011,
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Aug
27

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How to Attach Plexiglass (Acrylic) to WoodPin ItIf your project requires you to attach acrylic (also known as plexiglass) to wood, it’s worth taking the time to learn how to do it correctly.  Although many projects use clear, lightweight acrylic instead of glass because it’s stronger and more flexible, acrylic can still crack, split or melt if handled improperly.  Here’s how to correctly screw or glue acrylic to wood so you can avoid damaging it permanently.   Attaching Acrylic to Wood with Screws Plexiglass (acrylic) can be attached to wood using screws, but you have to be careful not to heat or twist
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Aug
20

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The History of PlasticsPin ItSince World War II, plastics have become an integral part of everyday life. Nearly everything we touch and use contains some kind of plastic. The history of plastics is fascinating.  Below is a timeline that highlights some of the most important plastic developments in the last 150 years.  Note how many generic plastics have a familiar trade name, like Teflon and Styrofoam.  Also interesting is how many popular plastics were actually discovered by accident!   Early Years of Plastics 1862 – Parkesine–The first man-made plastic.  Created by Alexander Parkes in 1862 in London, it is an organic material derived from cellulose.  Once
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Aug
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Cell Cast Acrylic Sheets and Extruded Acrylic Sheets:  How Do They Differ?Pin ItAcrylic sheets are recognized for their light weight and transparent qualities as well as their superior resistance to chemicals and heat.   If you are choosing between a cell cast acrylic sheet and an extruded acrylic sheet for your project, it helps to understand how the two materials differ. Visually, both types of acrylic sheets look very similar and both show excellent resistance to the aging process.  The main difference, however, is in their thermal and chemical properties resulting from the way they are manufactured which causes the materials to respond differently to certain processes, temperature and exposure to solvents. 
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Aug
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How to Make a DIY Coffee TablePin ItHome decorating on a budget can be a challenge, but with one of these DIY coffee table ideas, you can have an original piece of furniture that fits your living room perfectly.  Designing a DIY coffee table is fun.  There are so many ways to customize it by choosing a unique base or top of recycled materials.  Here’s what you need to know to get started: What Size? Coffee tables are usually placed in front of a sofa and flanked by a couple of side chairs.  The primary purpose of a coffee table is to give guests a
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Jul
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What Does “Less Saw Cut” Mean?Pin It“Less saw cut” is a term used by plastic fabricators to describe a method of measuring and cutting material in order to (1) minimize waste and (2) reduce costs.  The rule of thumb is simple:  the more pieces that can be cut from a single sheet of plastic, the lower the total cost is to the customer. “Less saw cut” means cutting the customer’s material to the specified dimensions less the width of the saw blade (or kerf).  This is possible  when the final dimensions of custom-cut pieces can tolerate a little variation.   Here is how it works:
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Jul
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How to Cook for Free with a Solar OvenPin ItUsed all around the world as an alternative to fuel-powered ovens, a solar oven uses the heat from the sun’s rays to cook food.  Solar ovens are kinder to the environment because they produce no pollutants or deplete natural resources.  And since sunshine is still FREE, a solar oven is clearly less expensive to operate than a conventional oven.   The popularity of solar ovens has been growing.  Users include people who live where cooking fuel or wood is scarce, campers who want a simpler way to prepare food on the trail, and homeowners who want to bake
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Jul
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Plexiglass and Steel “Cloud City” Adorns the Top of The Met MuseumPin ItTethered to the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is a cloud waiting to take off!  The rooftop sculpture — a modular mass of clear plexiglass, polished steel and tension cables — was created by Argentinean sculptor Tomás Saraceno.  Measuring 54 feet long and 29 feet high, the “Cloud City” installation is part of the Met’s rooftop sculpture program, which is now in its fifteenth year.  It is also the artist’s first major commissioned, site-specific installation in the United States.  A Dizzying Experience “Cloud City” consists of 16 interconnected 12- and 14-sided polyhedrons the size of
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Jul
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E&T Plastics Honors Retiring Sales Manager Bob Donohue Pin ItGary Thal, president of E&T Plastics, thanks retiring sales manager Bob Donohue for 21 years of exemplary service. E&T Plastics, a nationwide supplier of plastic sheet, rod, and film, recently honored retiring sales manager Bob Donohue at Dazies Restaurant in Sunnyside, New York.  Recognized as one of the company’s leaders, Donohue began his sales career with E&T Plastics in 1991 when he joined their Long Island City office. At the retirement dinner on April 26, 2012, Gary Thal, President of E&T Plastics, credited Donohue’s nearly 50 years of success in the plastics industry to
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