Polyethylene Terephthlate Glycol-Modified plastic (PETG) is more common a plastic than you might think.
It is used in blister packaging for most consumer products, clamshell packaging for prepared foods, formed as bottles, and as packaging for medical equipment due to its ability to resist gamma radiation that sterilizes the equipment. This is just a small list of what PETG is used for, but very likely something you have around the house is made of this material.
PETG is also the most commonly and easily recycled plastic around, as indicated by the recycle logo number 1 "PETE".
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Other qualities of PETG plastic include resistance to cracking, excellent clarity, high impact resistance, withstands tearing and chemicals, can be printed onto and color pigmented.
As a 1/40" sheet
1/40" PETG is a thin, flexible plastic film that is designed to withstand impacts and bending, and can be laser cut to size.
Its application for Plexworks is to minimize the surface height as much as possible, especially for Fightsticks that were not designed to accommodate custom artwork, and instead used a printed plastic top. Such models include:
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1/40" PETG is also used for the MadCatz T.E.2 Generation 2 plexi, which fits around the buttons instead of under them. Please see here for an explanation.
While PETG can be printed upon, it isn't as easy to laser etch. Etching into its surface is similar to extruded acrylic, which does not leave a frosted white impression in the same manner that cast acrylic does. Therefore, we do not offer etching services for this material. If ordering an artwork print with this material, and desire to insert button labels, please visit our "Artwork Extras" section to download resolution-independent button labels for Sony and Microsoft consoles.