I've been traveling and am coming into this late ... but my question is why
are you using Plexiglas? If you use Polycarbonate, you can bend it without
The ONLY disadvantage to polycarbonate over acrylic is that polycarbonate
surface will scratch much easier than acrylic. Acrylic, on the other hand,
will shatter when struck or bent, but is very hard to scratch (well,
compared to polycarbonate).
I was at a local machine shop the other month, and they were working
polycarbonate with their sheet metal working tools ... shear it, put a 90°
bend in it, mill it ... all without problems.
I'm rather new to this stuff. So most of my information comes from a buddy
who did a some Acrylic work 15+ years ago. Although I was doing some reading
on Lexan my original post. It certainly sounds like it's easier to work
with, cost being the major down side.
Does the Lexan discolour (turn white) when you bend it without heat?
| Does the Lexan discolour (turn white) when you bend it without
I've worked extensively with Lexan at work. It will snap or shatter
if bent more than a couple degrees without heating. Also, the heating
must be done gently, or air bubbles and\or white discoloration.
| Acrylic (Plexiglas) has that characteristic, while Polycarbonate
| does not.
| These two items are completely different products with different
<shrug> Then perhaps what we used wasn't Lexan, sure said that on the
sticky-paper. It was quite brittle, and bending had to be done with
heat. I made dozens of guards and screens with it over several years
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