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Acrylic; Plexiglass®, and Acrylite®

Acrylic is often referred to by a few of its trade names, such as Lucite®, Plexiglass®, and Acrylite®. It is a transparent thermoplastic often used in a sheet form as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass. Technically this plastic is also classified as a type of glass. Acrylic is an economical alternative to Polycarbonate when tensile strength, flexural strength, transparency, polish-ability, and UV tolerance are more important than impact strength, chemical resistance and heat resistance.

Common uses

  • Replacement windows, windows & window repair
  • Building and construction, Commercial & Structural Glazing:
  • Storm-resistant windows, durable skylights, bullet resistant windows
  • Displays & Point of Sale fixtures
  • Exhibit, trade show, and convention displays
  • Machine shops
  • Plastic & Metal Fabrication
  • Recreation of sporting equipment, stadium design, & watercraft manufacturing like boat windshields, sporting venue windows, face masks, & eye protection
  • Signage
  • Tabletop & desk top protectors
  • Machine Guards
  • Blasting cabinet window replacement

General properties

  • Works well in high-sunlight applications
  • UV stable
  • Excellent resistance to yellowing
  • Excellent optical clarity & transparency
  • Highly resistant to variations in temperature
  • Up t17 times the impact resistance of ordinary glass
  • Half the weight of glass & ideal for precision making
  • Highly resistant to many different chemicals
  • Considered one of the clearest plastics around

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