Acrylic is commonly known as Plexiglass, and its chemical name is PolyMethyl MethAcrylate or PMMA. Acrylic sheet or acrylic board is a lightweight thermoplastic and offers thermal insulation properties. Even though it is a form of plastic, it is a wonderful alternative to glass and is also addressed as acrylic glass by traders. It is strong, stiff, and optically clear. Acrylic sheet can easily bond with solvents and adhesives, can be fabricated, and is not difficult to thermoform. Some characteristics of Acrylic sheets are mentioned below.
Acrylic board has a glossy surface that is available in all types of colours. An acrylic sheet can also be clear or transparent, translucent, and opaque. Adding colours to an acrylic board ensures durability when used for outdoor applications. Designed acrylic sheets are a common sight these days.
Acrylic is extremely resistant to fluctuating temperatures. It tends to soften at a high temperature but doesn’t melt till it reaches 320 °F (160 °C), making it perfect for moulding it into different shapes. It is also ideal for outdoor usage and is perfect for other household usage, such as tabletops.
Acrylic glass is 17 times more impact resistant than ordinary glass. Unlike glass, it doesn’t easily break with shock or impact. It is very light, half the weight of glass, making it perfect for machining into precision components.
Acrylic sheet is BPA free which means it does not have a toxic composition. It is resistant to many chemicals and great for manufacturing food containers, drawers for refrigerators, etc.
These characteristics of the acrylic board make it an advantageous product for a variety of applications.