When it comes to many products, acrylic or plastic is often preferred over glass. For one, acrylic items can be polished to achieve the clear and polished look of glass using a diamond polisher. Aside from the aesthetics though, there are countless more reasons why acrylic is the material of choice.
•Items made from acrylic are much lighter than their glass counterparts. Take the case of a plastic display cabinet versus a glass cabinet for instance.
•Plastic is more durable than glass and will not break as easily. They are also dent and impact-proof to certain degrees, so you no longer have to worry about your kids and pets running around the house. The only downside is that it is more prone to retain scratch marks than glass.
•Items made with acrylic are cheaper than their glass or metal counterparts
•Acrylic items are manufactured with UV-resistant coatings.
Because of these reasons, acrylic has replaced glass in many areas including windshields for motorcycles and snow mobiles, display cases for museums or establishments, lighting fixtures, and many more. More often than not, complex acrylic fabrication procedures like CNC routing and machining will be required in the creation of many of the above mentioned products.