Acrylic Plastic, also known as plexiglass, is a useful, clear material that resembles glass, but offers better transparency và weighs 1/2 less than glass of equal thickness. Acrylic is known as one of the clearest materials, offering a transparency rate of 93% và can be used in a wide variety of applications. Cửa hàng from our extruded and cast options below. Custom sizing available.

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What is Acrylic Plastic?

First discovered in 1893 by French chemist Charles Moureau, acrylic did not see widespread commercial application until 1933 when German scientist Otto Rohm synthesized & patented his product called “Plexiglas.”

Acrylic goes under many names, including as PMMA, Plexiglass, Lucite, Acrylic Glass or Acrylite. It has many of the properties of glass, but is exceptionally clear & lightweight. This transparent polymer is created when a chemical reaction occurs between a monomer và a catalyst.

As compared khổng lồ a standard pane of window glass with equal thickness, acrylic is lighter by up to 1/2 with greater transparency. Acrylic transmits more light than glass, provides better heat insulation, và has higher impact strength. While the softer surface of acrylic is more prone to scratching than glass, it is possible to polish away blemishes. Scratched glass must be replaced.

Whether fabricated in cast or extruded forms, acrylic is less expensive & more durable than glass. Sheets or tubes transform into endless shapes for numerous uses by way of cold-forming, line bending, oven heating, drape, free blown, or vacuum forming.

Acrylic glass is among the oldest synthetic materials still in commercial production. Applications include windows, shields including those with bullet resistance, signage, furniture, aquariums, and picture frames.

Our acrylic materials are available in a broad range of standard & custom colors. Let Acme Plastics be your one stop plastics center for plexiglass related products.

What are the Characteristics of Acrylic?

Acrylic has a number of characteristics, which make it an ideal plastic lớn use. Consider the following benefits:

Highly transparentHighly impact resistantEasy lớn clean & polishHigh durabilityLight and easy to transportMore scratch resistantShatter resistant

For more on the advantages of acrylic, visit our resource page.

Acrylic Materials và Forms

Acrylic comes in a wide variety of forms. At Acme Plastics, we carry the following:

Extruded Acrylic Sheets - Extruded acrylic is a less expensive khung of PMMA. It is highly impact & UV resistant. Custom sizing available.Cast Acrylic Sheets - Cast acrylic sheets are more labor intensive khổng lồ create, making it a more expensive alternative khổng lồ its extruded acrylic counterpart. It also has a greater range of thickness and outstanding resistance to outside elements, including sunlight & weather. Custom sizing available.Frame Grade Acrylic Sheets - Our frame grade acrylic sheets are inspected for quality to ensure high optical clarity for the picture framing industry. Custom sizing available.Acrylic Rods - Our acrylic rods do not bend easily and will not shrink, making them a great alternative to other materials. A wide range of sizes are available for purchase.Acrylic Tubes - Our acrylic tubes are durable & strong. Browse our wide range of diameters & sizes.

What is Acrylic Plastic Made of?

Many plastics, including acrylic plastic, use methyl methacrylate as their base molecule. This molecule has a double carbon bond, one of which is broken during polymerization. This allows the molecule to bond with another molecule to lớn create a chain. This process continues until the polymer is created. Monomers such as methyl acrylate and acrylonitrile can also be combined with methyl methacrylate to lớn produce different forms of PMMA.

What is the Difference Between Acrylic và Plastic?

Acrylic plastic represents a family of petroleum-based thermoplastics made from natural gas. It should be noted that acrylic is plastic; however, not all plastic is acrylic—plastic is a generic term for a large family of synthetic or semi-synthetic materials. Acrylic is also known as a polyacrylate and marketed under a few brand names with Plexiglas being the most well-known brand.

What is Acrylic Plastic Used For?

Acrylic plastic is a transparent plastic that resembles glass but offers better transparency & is 50% lighter than glass. It is commonly used inside of point of purchase displays, signage, furniture, aquariums, picture frames, roof windows, and DIY projects.

Is Acrylic Plastic Expensive?

The price of acrylic plastic varies based on the kind of acrylic material you decide to purchase. For example, clear extruded acrylic is cheaper than cast acrylic. As an overall rule, acrylic plastic is more expensive than other kinds of lower-quality plastics. However, if you want a hàng hóa that is long-lasting and durable, acrylic plastic is worth the investment.

Is Acrylic a form of Plastic?

Yes, acrylic is a form of plastic. Acrylic is considered a polyacrylate, which is one of the most common types of plastic. This material is made from Methyl Methacrylate (MMA), Poly Methyl Methacrylate (PMMA), or a combination of both.

Brands We Carry

Acme Plastics carries acrylic sheets from Plexiglas, Acrylite, Lucite, Plaskolite Optix, Polycast và Chemcast in a variety of sizes, including 80" x 120" boards & panels. Available options include P95, P99, OP3, bullet resistant và paper masking. Please contact us if you have specific brand requirements.

Is Acrylic a Good Material?

Acrylic boasts many great characteristics, including strength và durability. It is a less expensive alternative to both glass và polycarbonate & can be used in a wide variety of functions. It is also easy khổng lồ clean & is more scratch resistant than polycarbonate.

Is Acrylic Better than Glass?

For many functions, acrylic or plexiglass is an ideal alternative to lớn glass. It is stronger than glass, making it a better choice where security or durability are required. It is more transparent than glass, so it is perfect for retail displays & windows. Acrylic is also lighter than glass, making it easier khổng lồ install or transport. Plexiglass is also more shatter resistant and if it does break, will not size sharp shards. Although glass is a great material, acrylic outshines glass in many aspects.

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Is Acrylic Cheaper than Glass?

Acrylic is a less expensive alternative to lớn glass. However, this cost extends beyond the price of the materials. Since plexiglass is lighter than glass và more durable, acrylic is easier khổng lồ transport and less likely lớn break. These additional benefits could result in additional savings for your business or home.