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Acrylic history

One of the most common thermoplastics is acrylic.

The chemical name for it is polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). PMMA was invented in 1933 by Otto Röhm, the founder of the plastics company Röhm and Haas. Röhm tried to create a lamination between two glass plates to increase the glass resistance, but instead he found that he had developed a completely new glass-like material. The material became available for commercial use in 1936 under the protected trademark Plexiglas®

Acrylic sheets are easily glued and are well suited for machining, for example cutting, drilling, grinding, polishing..... In other words acrylic glass is just as easy to handle as wood. It is also very suitable for bending and hot forming and, therefore, is a material suitable for various applications. Acrylic glass is not toxic and does not cause allergic reactions that make it suitable in all sectors of our activity and life.

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Acrylic glass

So, what is commonly known as “Plexiglass”, is really a brand of acrylic (PMMA).

Over the years, Plexiglas® has been developed to cover a wide range of application areas. In its basic design it is completely colorless with excellent optical properties, but the material can be colored in an infinite variety of colors. Today PMMA (“plexiglass”) is sold under many different names, including Acrylite, Lucite and Perspex.

Acrylic colours are available in solid or opaque, translucent and transparent options. While no light will pass through an opaque colour, light passes through a transparent colour undistorted, enabling us to clearly distinguish objects. In contrast, translucent colours are partially transparent permitting the passage of light without enabling us to distinguish the colour of objects seen through them ours of acrylic glass.

Fluorescent acrylic sports a vivid, fluorescent edge which appears to glow under ambient light as though having its own light source. A popular choice for designers and fabricators, it is available in a wide range of colours.

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Transparent acrylic is a versatile plastic material that has great impact strength while maintaining its light weight. Transparent colours offer light transmission through the material enabling it to act as a coloured or tinted window.

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Acrylic colours are available in solid or opaque options. No light will pass through an opaque acrylic. Sweet pastels colours looking great and create a fresh buzz. Edge colour can change slightly on thermal processing

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Frost acrylic has a double-sided matt surface which gives an effect similar to that of sandblasted or etched glass. Frost acrylic is available in subtle shades from clear and opal to fresh pastel colours, right through the spectrum to deep, warm reds and rich greens and blues. The frosted texture is retained after thermoforming making the product suitable for a wide range of internal and external applications

Translucent e.g. An object placed behind the material may cause a shadow but will not be seen clearly. The material is suitable to be back lit

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