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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Jul
24

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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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Mar
19

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Acrylic Sheets For Photography SetupsPin ItBaseball star Evan Legoria appears to be suspended in mid-air. Photo by Robert Seale, Sports Illustrated Baseball Preview Professional photographers and camera buffs like using versatile acrylic sheets for photography setups because of the material’s strength and reflective qualities.  Whether their shoot calls for a transparent, colored or opaque surface, it is easy to find an acrylic sheet with that finish. A lot of photographers place their subjects on top of acrylic sheets and use strategic lighting to achieve cool reflections.  Some of the more creative photographers like to lie underneath a transparent acrylic sheet so they can
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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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Jan
30

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E&T Plastics Debuts at GlobalShop with Expanded Product LinePin ItE&T Plastics, a leading distributor and manufacturer of custom plastic components, will be showcasing two additions to its product line – premium aluminum composite panels and Designboard by Vycom – at GlobalShop in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 29 – March 2.  This is the first time that E&T Plastics will be exhibiting at GlobalShop, the world’s largest annual event for store design, visual merchandising and shopper marketing. Both new offerings will help designers of retail displays and store fixtures create exciting and unique displays.   Aluminum composite panels (ACP) are a strong and lightweight material made of a high-density polyethylene
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Jan
25

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How to Cut, Drill, Finish, and Glue AcrylicPin ItWorking with acrylic is easy if you understand its properties and follow industry guidelines on how to handle it properly.  Using the correct tools is also important.  This article offers some practical tips on working with acrylic that will help you get started on your next project. What is Acrylic? Acrylic is a clear plastic that closely resembles glass but has many advantages, making it in excellent substitute in many applications.  Compared to glass, acrylic is: Lighter in weight by half Stronger and more impact resistant Offers better insulating properties More transparent Acrylic does have two main disadvantages compared
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Jan
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Glues for Plastic: How to Choose the Right AdhesivePin ItPlastic is a popular material for contractors, fabricators and hobbyists because it’s shatterproof, lightweight and temperature resistant, as well as relatively inexpensive.  Detailed instructions on how to build with plastic are easy to find on the Internet as well as in books and magazines.  Before you begin working with plastic, it’s important to choose the right adhesive and learn how to apply it correctly.  This article will give you a quick overview on glues for plastic and some tips on assembling plastic parts.  Links to other WebPages are provided where more detail may be helpful. Step One –
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Jan
4

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Acrylic for Picture Framing: Better than Glass?Pin ItSo you have a prized piece of artwork that you want to frame – a photo or your son and his bride, your kindergartner’s art project, or a watercolor painting by a renowned local artist – and you can’t decide whether to use real glass or acrylic for picture framing.  Although glass has been the historic favorite, the advantages provided by today’s acrylic framing sheets have made acrylic the preferred framing material amongst artists, galleries and consumers for both practical and aesthetics reasons. 7 Benefits of Acrylic Sheet for Picture Framing 1.  Light Weight Compared to glass, acrylic sheets for
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Nov
9

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Undulations in Form and Color Achieved With PlasticPin ItJust as plastic was the material-of-choice for California’s “Finish Fetish” group of sculptors in the 1960s, plastic is also the form and content of artwork produced by contemporary artist Steve Hough of Chicago.  Inspired by the group’s progressive use of “space-age” materials such as resins, HD foam, aerospace alloys and auto-paint, Hough is equally successful converting that mass-produced commodity material called plastic into a captivating art form. (Click images to enlarge) Shimmering Ripples are his Trademark Hough’s work can be described as a study of glistening, gentle ripples, much like you’d see surrounding an object
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Aug
1

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Artist Martin Basher Designs Unique Public Art Fund InstallationPin ItCurrently on display at Metrotech Plaza in downtown Brooklyn is a most unique art installation by artist Martin Basher. With the support of the Public Art Fund, Basher quickly brought to life a project whose concept had been dancing around in his mind for years. What is the Meaning Behind the Project? “The project is a little dark and brooding,” says Basher. “It’s about longing and escape from the grind of the everyday. By day the sculpture is blank and mirrored like the buildings that surround it. You can tell there is something inside, but not what it
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