/**/ "Plastic Shmastic!" 9 Durable Materials Your Specs can be Made Out of

“Plastic Shmastic!” 9 Durable Materials Your Specs can be Made Out of

August 14th, 2014

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Do you find yourself frequenting optical shops to get a new pair of eyeglasses because you accidentally broke your old one again? If you’re one of those accident prone people who always ends up with broken glasses then fret not! You don’t have to spend extra cash again for a new pair of specs because there are durable materials that your eyeglass frames could be made of!

Propionate

Propionate

A lot of people like plastic frames because of their light weight but think twice because of its brittleness.  Ordinary plastic frames may easily break but not propionate! Propionate is a nylon-based plastic that is strong and flexible! They are often used for sports frames because of this material’s durability.

Zyl

Zyl

Another type of sturdy plastic is zyl, also known as zylonite, acetate or cellulose acetate. It is sturdy and very light weight. It  can be made in a variety of colors and easily moldable therefore the fashion conscious ones have a lot of designs to choose from.

Polycarbonate

polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is a very tough and flexible plastic. Just like propionate, it is often used for sports eyeglasses because it has optimum impact resistance and is great eye protection. It is very suitable for athletes but it is also often used for children’s eyewear.

Titanium

Titanium

Aside from being extremely strong, durable and they retain their shape better than other materials. Titanium frames are very light despite it being metal. It is non-corrosive therefore making it is perfect for people who work in an outdoor environment. Titanium frames are a bit more pricey than other materials but definitely worth it.  If you have sensitive skin don’t worry! Titanium is hypoallergenic.

Stainless Steel

stainless

This material is an iron-carbon alloy which can be an alternative to titanium frames. Although it is not as light-weight or as flexible, it is as durable and non-corrosive as Titanium. Stainless steel contains 10% chromium which makes it less prone to staining or rusting.

Beryllium

Beryllium

Beryllium is a low-cost alternative to Titanium. Like titanium and stainless steel, it is non-corrosive, made of very strong material and does not irritate the skin. This is a good choice for people who has high skin acidity or spends a lot of time by the sea.

Flexon

flexon

Flexon is a titanium-based alloy that is highly flexible. It returns to its original shape even after twisting and bending it. This material light weight, non-corrosive and hypoallergenic but a little expensive.

Monel

Monel

This is the most commonly used material in eyeglass frames today. This metal is a combination of nickel, copper and iron. If you’re in tight budget then this frame is for you! It is inexpensive and less costly than other metals but is a very strong and tough material. Monel is even used as a component in building houses and bridges.

Magnesium

magnesium

Magnesium might be the 8th most abundant metal element on earth but getting your hands on it is rather hard. Magnesium have to be extracted from the ocean or recovered from minerals like manetite and dolomite. This causes Magnesium frames to be rather expensive. It costs almost 50 percent more than aluminum and steel. Magnesium can usually be bought in the high end market but it’s not expensive for nothing! It is highly durable and super light-weight. You’ll have no problems with skin allergy or it corroding due to bad weather.

Don’t let your clumsiness or carelessness cause you to spend extra cash more often than you should. Eyeglasses aren’t exactly cheap, and if you try to cut costs by buying cheap frames, you’ll find yourself having to replace it more often and eventually spending more than you would have had you simply opted for the pricier but sturdier options. Make sure your new pair is made up of these materials and you’ll never have to worry about your glasses breaking quite so easily again!

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