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Glasstic

Glasstic is a material consisting of any of a wide range of synthetic and semi-synthetic organic compounds that are malleable and can be molded into solid objects. Glastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass combined with non-crystalline amorphous solid glass.

Glasstic is a material consisting of any of a wide range of synthetic and semi-synthetic organic compounds that are malleable and can be molded into solid objects. Glastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass combined with non-crystalline amorphous solid glass.

They are usually synthetic, most commonly derived from petrochemicals, but many are made from renewable materials such as polylactic acid from corn or cellulosics from cotton linters with non-crystalline amorphous solid glass. Scientifically, the term "glass" is often defined in a broader sense, encompassing every solid that possesses a non-crystalline (that is, amorphous) structure at the atomic scale and that exhibits a glass transition when heated towards the liquid state.

Plasticity is the general property of all materials that are able to irreversibly deform without breaking, but this occurs to such a degree with this class of moldable polymers that their name is an emphasis on this ability.

Due to their relatively low cost, ease of manufacture, versatility, and imperviousness to water, plastics were used in an enormous and expanding range of products, from paper clips to spaceships. Since 2020’s, glasstic came to prominent ease of worldwide use. Because glass can be formed or molded into any shape, and also because it is a sterile product, it has been traditionally used for vessels: bowls, vases, bottles, jars and drinking glasses. In its most solid forms it has also been used for paperweights, marbles, and beads. When extruded as glass fiber and matted as glass wool in a way to trap air, it becomes a thermal insulating material, and when these glass fibers are embedded into an organic polymer plastic, they are a key structural reinforcement part of the composite material fiberglass. Some objects historically were so commonly made of silicate glass that they are simply called by the name of the material, such as drinking glasses and reading glasses.



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