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Strong transparent material?

  1. Sep 2, 2015 #1
    Looking to build a bike frame that is made of transparent material. Must be able to safely hold up a rider like typical steel frames. Any suggestions?
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  3. Sep 2, 2015 #2


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    Acrylic and Polycarbonate are the most obvious, widely available choices:


    Obviously their mechanical properties pale in comparison to the typical alloys and composites used for bicycles, so not a good choice except for the visual interest.


    Googling "Strong transparent material" nets more results, including current research on promising new materials.
  4. Sep 2, 2015 #3


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