What it is
Uniting incredible strength with aesthetic beauty
Acrylic is a plastic manufactured using one or more derivatives of acrylic acid. Polymethyl Methacrylate acrylic, or PMMA, is one of the more widely used forms of acrylic due to its exceptional weatherability, strength, clarity and versatility. There are a variety of acrylic polymer grades available for extrusion and injection molding manufacturing processes. Transparent, translucent opaque and colored polymers are available with varying levels of heat resistance, light transmissions, impact strength, flow rates and release capabilities. PMMA acrylic sheet exhibits glass-like qualities – clarity, brilliance, transparency, translucence – at half the 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.
Physical Benefits of Acrylic
|Formable||With a little heat, it's easy to shape and mold.|
|Durable||Impact resistance that stands the test of time.|
|Weatherable||Stands up to the elements longer than other plastics.|
|Non-Yellowing||A 10-year, limited warranty that guarantees no yellowing.|
Today Plaskolite acrylic products are specified for use in thousands of products due to their high quality, exceptional clarity, ease in processing and design flexibility. From point-of-purchase displays to signage, medical devices, lighting, electronics and dozens of other applications, Plaskolite has an acrylic solution to meet the most demanding specifications.
Many motorcycle, ATV and snowmobile manufacturers choose acrylic sheet for side windows or rear windows, thanks to its ability to withstand whatever the road can throw at it, from dirt and grime to pebbles and rocks.