The acrylic is popularly known in its tradename as plexiglass is a form of transparent thermoplastic and is similar to polycarbonate popularly used as impact-resistant alternative to glass. The acrylic was first produced in 1928 (some other sources claim in the1940s but came to market in the 1950s) and was brought to the market by Rohm and Hass after five years. Since then, acrylic is considered as the clearest plastic in the market. Initially, the acrylic was used for aeroplane windows and submarine periscopes as well as in turrets and canopies. The acrylic in the contemporary period is used for varieties of purposes such as lenses, acrylic paints, acrylic nails, security barriers, LCD screens, medical devices and furniture. The acrylic paint is popularly used for acrylic print and fabrics besides other applications. Get in touch with Big Acrylic for best and durable acrylic print.
The acrylic is also used in windows, enclosures and tacks because of its natural transparency and clarity. Though acrylic is commercially available in multiple colours both translucent and non-translucent, the raw acrylic is similar to glass in terms of internal light transmission. This transparency of acrylic makes the material perfect alternative to glass. The acrylic is similar to polycarbonate with a basic difference that acrylic does not have bisphenol-A or BPA which is a potentially harmful content that the polycarbonate has. The acrylic is readily available and inexpensive in comparison to polycarbonate of course when material strength is not considered. Often acrylic is laminated over the polycarbonate especially on PC for the scratch-resistant quality of acrylic and to ensure impact strength of PC.
The acrylic is categorised as a form of thermoplastic and reacts to heat as plastic does. Thermoplastic turn into liquid at their melting point. This nature of acrylic permits the material to heat and turn into a liquid form and then cooled without major degradation.
The acrylic is often popularly used as a substitute to glass as well as incredibly to replace plastic. Acrylic is scratch-resistant in comparison to plastic. It is lighter than the glass and less expensive than the polycarbonate. The acrylic can be cut to extremely thin and fine shapes using laser technology. Thus, acrylic is commonly used for making fashion items and other material like bracelets, iPhone cases etc.
The acrylic is available in sheets with numerous colours some apparent some not. Acrylic is also available as filament white or black and transparent for 3D printing.