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The Pros and Cons of Acrylic

Acrylic, also known as PMMA or plexiglass, is a transparent thermoplastic. It is most commonly found in sheet stock format, though other shapes such as tubes and rods are also available. It is commonly used as a lightweight, shatter-proof alternative to glass. But because of its range of desirable properties, it can also be used in a diverse range of applications. Acrylic is readily available from many retail locations, from Home Depot to Rona. Because it is cost-effective and quite easy to work with, many people purchase acrylic for their custom DIY projects. However, comparing to all the other types of materials out there, from glass to other kinds of plastic, one may wonder, what do I gain and lose...

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