These days display cases and model covers are not only found in museums. If not you personally, almost certainly you know someone who has a valued possession that they would love to show off, but worry about little hands (or dust) damaging the item. In time past display cases were very little more than inverted fish tanks; they were heavy, ugly and expensive. Today we can make display cases in all sorts of shapes and sizes, to protect and preserve what might be a doll, a model, or a piece of sports memorabilia. A little while ago I was asked if we made glass display cases. My answer was that we prefer to always work with acrylic.
This inquiry did prompt me to think about why we choose acrylic (Perspex) over glass. Acrylic is around about half the weight of glass, which is very important when a display cover needs to be lifted or moved. Acrylic can also be worked, e.g. drilled, at any stage, and is very easy to machine. In comparison to glass, which requires specialised machines to cut and polish. If you would like to discuss having a display case or cabinet made, perhaps for a gift, please give us a call!
RETAIL DISPLAY CASES
Retail Display Cases can have two different functions. Display and security. The value of the displayed goods can increase a lot just with putting it in Display case, it will look more expensive and more up market. At the same time it can be secured, with a padlock or with any other kind of mechanism. A lockable cabinet can also be made to any size or shape.
GLASS OR PLASTIC
Our answer was that we prefer to always work with acrylic, but sometimes use glass for other applications. This inquiry did prompt me to think about why we choose acrylic (Perspex) over glass.
Here are some of the pros and cons:
Acrylic is around about half the weight of glass, which is very important when a display cover needs to be lifted or moved. Acrylic can also be worked, e.g. drilled, at any stage, and is very easy to machine. In comparison to glass, which requires specialised machines to cut and polish.
On glass, all working needs to be done before the toughening stage, after which no further work is possible. So you can’t go back and easily drill the holes you forgot!
Of course acrylic scratches easily, so we would not recommend it for areas such as counter tops. Glass and acrylic are roughly the same price, and toughened glass makes excellent shelves as it stays flat, whereas acrylic tends to bow under weight.
We are always happy to offer our input on any projects that involve plastic, glass, timber or metal!
Gallery Display is based on high quality and customised Display and Presentation solutions. With our experiences and knowledge over many years, we can give you advice on the materials to us, to cape the impact and the protection of the Art Work to a very high standard.
MUSEUM GRADE DISPLAY CASES
These display cases are made to order and can be made to any size and shape. We have a vast experience in the manufacturing of Display Cases for museums like Te Papa, The New Dowse, and many more.
CLEAR ACRYLIC MODEL DISPLAY CASES & DUST COVERS
We can offer you a wide range of acrylic display case sizes. Due to the thousands of different sizes needed - we offer a customised service. They make great dust covers and keep your dolls, cars, trains, animal mounts from small hands and the environmental elements. We are happy to quote on the size you are looking for. The model Display Cases are folded and can come with a wood base ( Rimu ) also available MFD or Acrylic as an option. Our display cases are made from quality clear acrylic. The size of display case will determine the thickness of acrylic we will use.