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Material Pros Cons
Acrylic
(Common tradename: Plexiglas®)plexiglas
  • Clear, lightweight
  • Strong, rigid
  • Inexpensive
  • Avoid in aseptic applications: Damaged by alcohol and other cleaning agents
  • Dangerous for ESD-sensitive parts: Generates surface charges
  • Hard to clean: surface charges cling to particles
Polyethylene
  • Strong, rigid
  • Inexpensive
  • Resists alcohol and many other cleaning agents
  • Dangerous for ESD-sensitive parts: Generates surface charges
  • Opaque (required viewing window)
Static-Dissipative PVC

pvc

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  • Clean and ESD-Safe: dissipative surface charges to ground to prevent ESD and particle attraction
  • Easy to sterilize: Resists alcohol and other cleaning agents
  • Nearly transparent: full product visibility
  • Higher cost than acrylic
  • Not recommended for temperatures ≥120°F (49°C)
Polypropylene
  • Excellent chemical compatibility, particularly to acids
  • Strength
  • Opaque (white) surfaces; requires viewing windows
  • Generates surface charges
Polycarbonate
(Common tradename: Lexan®)
  • Broad chemical compatibility
  • Strong and rigid
  • Thermal resistance to 135°F (57°C)
  • Generates surface charges
Fiberglass
  • Broad chemical compatibility
  • Strong and rigid
  • Thermal resistance to 135°F (57°C)
  • Opaque (required viewing window)
Stainless Steel
  • Strength, durability
  • Resists solvents and strong cleaning agents
  • Conductive surfaces minimize ESD danger
  • Electropolishing remove subsurface contaminants for optimal cleanliness
  • Requires viewing windows
  • Cost
  • Damaged by acids