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Acrylic – PMMA

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Acrylic (PMMA)

Cast and extruded sheets and rods available


Commonly Known As: Lucite®, Optix®, Acrylite®

This material is used frequently in skylights, towel holder, bank glazing, aircraft canopies, shelves and numerous display applications.

Acrylic is a great material for producing small panels to large signs, bent part, vacuum formed parts and bonded or glued boxes.

Acrylic bonds extremely well, and can be made with solvent cements and will yield crystal clear joints. A widely used and manufactured material, and called by many trade names, such as: Optix®, Acrylite®, Lucite® L, Plex® and several other brand names.

Acrylic, Acrylite, Lucite, Plexiglass Fabricated Boxes

This material is an excellent choice for windows, POP displays, heat formed parts. A natural for use in replacement of glass. High impact strength in a beautiful package. One of the most widely used resins. Wonderful to work with comes with masking on two sides to protect during fabrication and handling. Cleans well with soft cloth and mild soap and water, please do not use harsh chemicals or abrasive while cleaning.

  • Excellent clarity- more than glass at over 93%
  • Exceptional UV Resistant
  • Half the weight of glass and 10 times the impact strength
  • Very good fabrication, cutting and finishing
  • Acrylic is ITAR compliant, and Acrylic is RoHS compliant
  • Acrylic for LED’s are also available.

Frequently used in:

  • Displays and POP products
  • Skylights and Signs
  • Bent, strip heated, vacuum formed
  • Attractive finished goods for the home
  • Glass replacement- glazing / windows

Material Available As

Sheet:
.030″- 36″ X 48″
.062″- 48″ X 72″
.125″- 4.0″ up to 48″ X 96″

Rod: .125″ – 6″ Dia. in cast or extruded up to 72″ long

Tube: 1.25″ – 24″ OD with .125″-.500 wall thickness up to 72″ long

GeneralPropertyASTM TestTypicalValue
SpecificGravityD7921.19
TensileStrength YieldD63810,000
Tensile ModulusD638400,000
Izod Impact – NotchedD2560.4
Hardness – RockwellD785M94
DeflectionTemp @ 264psiD648210

These properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.

Which Plastic Materials Are UV Stable – Stablized

Which Plastic Materials Are UV Stable – Stablized

Plastic Materials That Are UV Stable

Some of our most popular questions are “Is this material UV stable”, or “How long will this last in direct sunlight”, or something similar. These are great questions. Just look at the ‘cheap’ backyard furniture you bought last year, yep, it is faded and cracking. Why is that?

The quick answer is the material had either no UV (Ultra Violet Light) stabilizer or very little. Most plastic materials are not UV stable to start with, other than Acrylic which is invisible to UV. All other materials need a little something to give it the protection it may need from the sun. Many plastic materials, if given the proper additives, can be used in direct sunlight for 10 – 15 years giving excellent performance. UV Stable Playground HDPE Sheet for Outdoor Use

The first factor in picking such a material is the intended use. Not all materials are good candidates for all applications. While some materials will perform very well, others under the same conditions will fail. Please contact us for details on a material to meet your needs.
HDPE sheet is one of the best materials for long term outdoor use, if given the proper additives. Next time you drive by a children’s playground in your local city, look at the brightly colored panels used to make the play equipment. This is a HDPE sheet with heavy UV additives, and this makes an excellent application. Available in a rainbow of colors and able to be fabricated easily, this material is excellent for many outdoor applications.
If your application is more mechanical, other materials that might be used would be: Polycarbonate, UHMW, ABS (especially with Korad cover), Acetal, Noryl and many more. Our standard Covestro Makrolon Polycarbonate is a UV stable material in sheet, and is frequently used in replacement glazing applications. The remaining materials on the list are available in Black (a carbon black pigment) which extends outdoor usage. While still not recommended for direct sunlight, they can be used with a good possibility of success – depending on design. Plastics can become brittle or lose properties over time if material does not have UV stabilization, with the proper material and the proper additives, you can get years of trouble free service.