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Difference Between Polycarbonate & Acrylic Rods

Polycarbonate is a type of plastic. Furthermore, it is a polymer with carbonate groups in its monomer unit. Thus, rods made with it are named polycarbonate rods or tubes. On the other hand, an acrylic rod is made of cut-to-size acrylic sheet and is widely used for sign holders, crystal chandeliers, interior officer objects, skylights, glazing applications, model making, and more.

Acrylic rods are sometimes referred to as acrylic glass rods because they are widely used to replace glass. The acrylic rods and other acrylic applications have replaced glass applications across industries.

Understanding Acrylic

On the other hand, acrylic is a common alternative to glass and plastic sheets. It is a transparent thermoplastic homopolymer commonly known as "Plexiglas". The material is similar to polycarbonate. It is suitable as an impact-resistant alternative to glass (especially when high impact resistance is not required). It has various applications such as acrylic rods, windshields, two-side mirrors, windows, etc.

Understanding Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is a plastic made of thermoplastic polymers containing carbonate groups in their chemical structures. These are generally used in engineering applications. These are easy to work, mould and maintain. Unlike acrylic, polycarbonate is used for advanced engineering requirements.

What Is The Difference Between Polycarbonate And Acrylic?

Polycarbonate is a dimensionally stable, transparent thermoplastic structure that allows excellent impact resistance. On the other hand, acrylic is a transparent thermoplastic that is often used in sheet form as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass. The key difference between polycarbonate and acrylic is that polycarbonate is almost unbreakable, whereas acrylic can be breakable if a high force is applied.

In addition, polycarbonate materials have a lower lustre than acrylic. However, polycarbonate is more expensive than acrylic.

Why Are Acrylic Rods Best?

Well! Several reasons make acrylic rods an ideal choice over other plastic or polycarbonate rods. Here are the points that make acrylic rods best to use:

  1. Compared with the types of rods, acrylic rods contain methyl methacrylate (MMA) and aluminium hydroxide (ATH), and natural dyes without any resin. Visually more shiny than pure PMMA composite acrylic rods, which is more fashionable.

  2. Acrylic rods are unbreakable and easy to maintain. When it comes to lab applications, glass rods and tubes seem quite expensive. However, acrylic rods are long-lasting and save cost.

  3. Compared with pure aluminium powder or calcium powder filler, pure acrylic artificial stone has better flexibility, more translucent colour and better environmental performance. Hence, acrylic rods for home or office purposes are much more efficient than aluminium rods.

  4. There are no stains such as pores, smoke marks, ink marks or tea stains on the surface of the acrylic rod. Or, if there's any, it can easily be removed with soapy water or detergent. The material texture is firm, antibacterial and impenetrable, and the surface material is non-radiative.

  5. Acrylic tubes can be used in different weather and temperature conditions. These are highly resistant to heat and cold. This feature allows you to use acrylic rods in labs, bathrooms, industrial applications, outdoor or indoor spaces and so on.

With these features, acrylic rods are better than other rods available in the market. We hope that you must have understood how an acrylic rod is different from polycarbonate or other plastic or aluminum rods by now. So make an informed decision while buying acrylic rods next time!

You can find acrylic rods in a wide variety from Wholesale POS. These rods are made with an extrusion process from highly colourful and polished to frosted, tinted and clear surfaces. Made with cut-to-size acrylic sheets, these rods can be easily customized to a wide range of diameters, cubes, spheres etc. 

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