Plexiglass or Lexan

Discussion in 'Materials' started by mydauphin, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. mydauphin
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    Looking to replace some windows on the Pilot house.

    Plexiglas, Polycarbonate, Lexan... Some are rather large, 4'x8' piece, some require molding. Any suggestions?
     
  2. gonzo
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    Lexan is a trade name for polycarbonate. It is softer and scratches easier than Plexiglass(acrylic resin). It is also less prone to cracking.
     
  3. Ad Hoc
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    We have used Lexan on our fast ferries designs....worked a treat.
     
  4. PAR
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    Polycarbonate (Lexan) is the usual choice. It can be cold formed and is tough stuff.
     
  5. mydauphin
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    Which is easier to form?
     

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