Different kind of materials in our sales program
PyraSied Xtreme Acrylic has a wide range of transparent plastics for different sectors. We have various transparent plastics in stock such as cast acrylic, extruded acrylic, polycarbonate or PETG. Each material has its own material properties and the application determines which of these plastics is most suitable.
Acrylic (cast and extruded)
Acrylic is crystal clear, 25 times stronger than glass and is available in many thicknesses and surface structures. We have clear acrylic in stock as standard in thicknesses from 0.5 to 100 mm. Clear acrylic sheet material can be ordered cut to size without a minimum purchase. Thicknesses above 10mm and up to 180mm can be ordered per full sheet on request. Acrylic is very easy to process: sawing, milling, laser cutting, hot bending, gluing, drilling, polishing, sanding and printing. Acrylic is UV stable and has the fire classification EN13501.
Difference between cast acrylic and extruded acrylic
Cast acrylic (GS) is optically purer, can be processed excellently, but has a thickness tolerance. Extruded acrylic (XT) has hardly any thickness tolerance, but is optically slightly less pure. However, the optical differences are barely perceptible, certainly not with smaller plates. Because XT acrylic is produced in a fully continuous process, sheets of extruded acrylic are relatively slightly cheaper than cast acrylic sheets.
Acrylic brand names: Astariglas®, Versato®, Primo®, PLEXIGLAS®, Perspex®, Setacryl®, Satinglas®, SetaLetter®, Greencast®, Ecocrylic®, Wallcrylic® and Hesaglas®.
Polycarbonate is a high impact-resistant plastic material and is 250 times stronger than glass. This material is less clear compared to acrylic. Polycarbonate is available in clear (colorless), transparent brown, transparent anthracite and opal. This material has a better fire classification than acrylic: Bs1d0. Polycarbonate brand names: Fuerto®, Colorado®, Makrolon®, Makrolife®, Saphir®, Exolon® and Lexan®.
PETG is food-grade certified, chemical resistant and can be vacuum formed excellently due to the low softening temperature. In addition, PETG is impact resistant and has the same fire certification as polycarbonate. PETG is nevertheless the only plastic that is allowed at airports. PETG is basically not UV-resistant, but can be supplied with a UV-resistant coating with a minimum purchase. This material is extruded and has hardly any thickness tolerance due to this production process. We have PETG in stock in clear and opal. This material cannot be lasercut.
Brand names: Vivak® and Griphen®.