Sep
26

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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

4


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
13

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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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May
21

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Vintage Lucite Purses Make Dazzling AccessoriesPin ItOne of the most unique fashion accessories of the ‘50s and ‘60s were acrylic purses.  Crafted from Lucite, a wonderful new type of acrylic plastic by DuPont, these glamorous  purses were created by some of the top handbag designers of the time beginning in the late 1940s.  When the popularity of Lucite purses took off, DuPont expanded their line and began offering special colors and laminates, which these noted designers embraced.  The designers also loved the way Lucite could be molded and sculpted, allowing them to make purses in fun shapes like hat boxes, barrels, drums and cylinders. Many
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Apr
16

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Unique Plexiglass Wedding Accessories Adapt to all StylesPin ItWhether your wedding day visions are for an intimate backyard celebration with close friends and family or a glitzy urban event with hundreds of guests, it’s often the little details — like the color scheme, flowers, wedding accessories and decorations — that make the day memorable. Most brides and grooms who are planning a wedding have to work within the constraints of a budget, so we’ve put together a unique grouping of wedding day accessories and decorations that are very affordable and can adapt to any wedding theme, be it sophisticated, romantic, vintage or traditional.  The surprise factor is
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Apr
10

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Designing with ACRYLITE® Creates Excitement, Ambiance and IllusionPin ItArchitects, artists and designers enjoy the challenge of using interesting, novel materials to enhance the beauty and design of their projects.  ACRYLITE®, an acrylic plastic manufactured by Evonik Industries, is that type of inspirational material used to create excitement, ambiance and illusion in a broad range of designs, from buildings to pools to sculptures. Here are three fascinating ACRYLITE® applications, each of which was inspired by the material’s unique combination of transparency, brilliance and strength.  These stories are highlights from DESIGN IN ACRYLICS magazine, a publication by Evonik Industries, manufacturer of ACRYLITE®. A Veritable Block of Water Created
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Feb
13

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Pulsing Acrylic Heart Sculpture Adorns Times Square for Valentine’s DayPin ItEverything they do in New York City is big, and in recognition of Valentine’s Day this year, it’s a big ten-foot tall interactive red heart sculpture made of clear acrylic rods in the middle of Times Square that is getting all of the attention. Touch Sets the Heart in Motion Designed by an architectural firm that is named (coincidentally!) BIG, the sculpture consists of 400 vertical LED clear acrylic rods that form a cube around a suspended heart.  The colorful neon lights of Times Square are refracted in the rods.  A nearby podium invites passersby to place their
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Feb
7

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How to Clean, Repair and Protect AcrylicPin ItKnowing how to clean acrylic correctly is key to preserving its attractive appearance.  Acrylic – which is also called Plexiglas, Lucite and Acrylite — is a popular alternative to glass for many applications because it is translucent, light weight and impact resistant.  Clear, colored and opaque acrylic is also available.  Because acrylic sheets and glazing are susceptible to scratches and abrasions as well as damage by some solvents, it is important to follow these guidelines for cleaning, repairing and protecting your acrylic items. Cleaning Acrylic The best way to clean acrylic is with a specialty cleaning product such as Novus No.1
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