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Old 06-24-2021, 12:52 PM   #151 (permalink)
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Transparent aluminum.
Aluminum oxide would be a suitable alternative to glass actually and potentially stronger and more scratch resistant.

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Old 06-24-2021, 01:51 PM   #152 (permalink)
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Aluminum oxide would be a suitable alternative to glass actually and potentially stronger and more scratch resistant.
I think making the windows out of giant sapphires might make the car slightly more expensive though
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Old 06-24-2021, 03:25 PM   #153 (permalink)
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...potentially stronger and more scratch resistant.
If I understand correctly, the Cybertruck glass is essentially transparent aluminum. We saw how that went.

It's sintered from a powder so (maybe) no sheets you can cut to size. Same as Safety glass?
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Plexiglass is a trademarked name of Dupont.
Didn't it become some sort of genericized trademark?


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I believe you are describing acrylic sheet which comes in many subsets of density, toughness and flexibility.
You're right. I was refering to acrylic sheets. And some clearly have a poor optical performance which renders them less desirable than actual glass, while others are OK for that matter.


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Lexan is another trademarked polycarbonate with many coatings applied to alleviate the inherent faults of the base product for a specific purpose.
I remember Lexan sheets being used more often on racing cars for weight savings.


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Home building places stock a common house window glazing grade that tends to not see rock impacts
Common house window glazing in my country is not so easily found on such grade.

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