Acrylic Cast


Overview

Acrylic is polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), which is sold under the brand names of Plexiglas, Lucite, Perspex, and Crystallite. PMMA is a tough, highly transparent material with excellent resistance to ultraviolet radiation and weathering. It can be coloured, moulded, cut, drilled, and formed.

Benefits:

  • High hardness.
  • Good weather resistance.
  • High clarity.
  • Good chemical resistance.
  • Good impact resistance.
  • High heat resistance.
  • Good UV resistance.

Weaknesses:

  • Poor solvent resistance.
  • Subject to stress cracking.
  • Low continuous service temperature.
  • Flexible grades unavailable.
  • Poor impact resistance.

Applications:

Its major uses are due to its transparency:

  • Windows.
  • Aircraft canopies.
  • Car light casings.
  • Furniture.
  • Table tops.
  • Sign boards.
  • Windshields.
  • Incubators.
  • Security shields.

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