Acrylic is manufactured by plastic that uses single or multiple derivatives of acrylic acid. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), is a commonly used forms because of its extraordinary versatility, strength, weatherability and perspicuity. It is also commonly called as acrylic or acrylic glass, Perspex, Acrylite, Plexiglas and Lucite.
It is also a transparent thermoplastic regularly being used in tube, rod, box and sheet form due to its features such as brilliance, lightweight, shatter-resistant, affordable as an alternative to glass. At half the weight with up to 10 times the impact resistance as compared to glass. Many others also use this material for inks, casting resin and coatings.
Similar to a lot of thermoplastic, this substance can be considered as glass (due to its non-crystalline vitreous substance), although the fact shows that it is not one of silica-based glass.
Besides as an alternative to glass, it is also widely used as a replacement product to polycarbonate (PC) due to its cost and where best strength is not required. Furthermore, it contains no bisphenol-A subunits, which is potentially harmful material which may be found in polycarbonate.
This Material was actually created and trademarked in 1928 and 1933 respectively by chemists such as Otto Rohm, William Chalmers, Walter Bauer and brought to market under trademark Plexiglas (where many users still call it as Plexiglas until now).
Acrylic polymer grades are vary and available for extrusion and injection molding (manufacturing processes). Coloured, transparent and translucence are available; levels of heat resistance, light transmissions, impact strength, flow rates and release capabilities can also be customized.
Numerous of coatings normally being applied to enhance performance characteristics such as anti-fogging, solar reflectivity, glare reduction and scratch resistance on the finished products.
Additionally, acrylic is realistically shapeable to any shape since it is thermoplastic and softens under extremely high temperatures.
Acrylic is ideally appropriate solution to application over broad temperature range, its superior properties compared to other plastic release capabilities made it to be weatherability.
Its weight with up to 10 times the impact resistance. It can be tinted or colored, mirrored or made opaque. A number of coatings can be applied to a sheet or finished part for performance enhancing characteristics such as scratch resistance, anti-fogging, glare reduction and solar reflectivity.
Because it's thermoplastic and softens under extremely high temperatures, acrylic can be formed to virtually any shape. Incredibly durable, acrylic is a suitable solution for over a broad temperature range, and has superior weathering properties compared to other plastics.
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