he hovenring bridge in Veldhoven is an exceptional beautiful example of a project whereby different material characteristics are required. Both the top as the bottom side of this bridge is provided with diffuser sheets. These diffuser sheets were required to have different material characteristics for the top sheets as for the bottom sheets.
On the top side of the bridge are diffuser sheets of acrylic used that are providing extra safety because of the thickness and stiffness of the sheets. This is needed because there is a possibility that the sheets are accessed by people. For the bottom of the bridge was chosen to select an impact-resistant diffuser sheet made of polycarbonate. It is chosen to use impact-resistant material because of the chance that stones or other loose materials can fly up to the material and can make scratches.
For this art object is made use of polycarbonate light diffusers because they are hufterproof. Architect Rob van Houten chose the advanced diffuser Makrolon DX because this diffuser has a high light transmission and makes it beautifully diffuse.
Polycarbonate light diffusers (opal sheets) are plastic sheets with very high impact resistance. Polycarbonate is 250x stronger than glass in the same thickness. Because of this characteristic is polycarbonate excellent to be used as security glazing or protection that must be vandal-proof, burglary proof and with high impact resistance. Furthermore, polycarbonate has a fire classification which makes the material to be allowed by the fire department to be used in public spaces (with the exception of airports, there you can only use PETG). Also, this material barely knows any thickness tolerance and is therefore easy to apply in aluminium profiles. Are you looking for other polycarbonate sheets? View our complete collection of polycarbonate materials.
PyraSied has a wide variety of polycarbonate light diffusers/opal sheets with a variety of characteristics and properties. Different light transmissions, surface structures and thicknesses. Each application sets other requirements and with our different opal sheets, we offer the desired flexibility. For other features such as better optical purity, more different thicknesses, laser processing or other light transmissions, we have a wide range of acrylic (plexiglass®) opal sheets. For opal sheets used in airports, PETG opal sheets are required.
For inspiration, please take a look at our Acrylic Community.
PyraSied can do the following fabrications for you with polycarbonate: cutting, milling, hot and cold bending, bonding, drilling, faceting, polishing, matting and printing.
Lexan® and Makrolon® are well-known brand names of polycarbonate.
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