Acrylic

Acrylic, also known as Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA), is a thermoplastic that can be formed into a number of shapes, making it suitable for use in a broad range of industries and products. Polymershapes offers a full-line of extruded and cast acrylic sheet products for many applications, including signage, displays, skylights and more.

Description

Acrylic, also known as Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA), or common tradenames such as OPTIX®, Acrylite®, or Plexiglas®, is a thermoplastic that can be formed into a number of shapes, making it suitable for use in a broad range of industries and products. Polymershapes offers a full-line of extruded and cast sheet products from the world’s leading producers, including Plaskolite (OPTIX®, FABBACK®, DURAPLEX®) and Evonik (Acrylite®), and more. Our acrylic sheet options are ideal for a vast array of applications, including signage, displays, skylights and hundreds more.

Acrylic boasts a variety of high-performance properties, among the most important being its optical clarity, low UV sensitivity, and overall weather resistance. Acrylic offers clear, glass-like brilliance and translucence, but is much lighter and much more durable than glass. Acrylic is easy to form, with high impact resistance, excellent transparency, and superior weatherability. Additionally, coatings can be applied to enhance its functionality, including scratch-resistance, anti-fog, or reflective characteristics. Acrylic is slow-burning or even self-extinguishing, and does not produce harmful smoke or gases in the presence of flame.

Polymershapes can readily provide the right acrylic sheeting for your application, in a broad variety of texture and color options. Whether you require optical clarity and light transmission, shatter-resistant sheets for security purposes, or mirrored sheets for displays or point of purchase, Polymershapes offers the widest range of acrylic products on the market, from trusted manufacturing partners.

When it comes to shape and size, we can meet any of your needs – and custom sizes and colors are also available. We can also provide you with various grades, including general purpose, non-glare, digital print, mirror, impact modified, frost, LED sign, lighting panel, aerospace, and frame grade

Did you know Polymershapes offers a variety of value-added products and services? Our film conversion centers and fabrication centers feature state of the art facilities and are dedicated to on providing you best-in-class customer service and convenience.

Polymershapes looks forward to helping you meet your acrylic needs. Or let us help you outshine your competition with other plastic materials and associated products from our broad and deep inventory — Contact your local Polymershapes facility today for more information!

Features & Benefits

  • More impact resistant than glass
  • High optical clarity
  • Easy to fabricate, glue, and polish
  • Available in a variety of finishes and patterns

Applications

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Armored Vehicle
  • Automotive
  • BR Systems/Security Glazing
  • Building & Construction
  • Bus and Rail
  • Countertop Templates/Cabinetry
  • Electric and Non-Printed Sign
  • Enclosures
  • Golf Cart Windshields
  • Greenhouses
  • Machine Guards
  • Movie Studio/Sound Stage
  • POP/Display
  • Printing/Graphics
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Skylights
  • Transit Shelters
  • Watercraft
  • Window Glazing

Physical Properties

  UNITS ASTM
TEST
General Purpose
Acrylic
Tensile strength @ break @ 73°F psi D638 2,800 – 10,900
Flexural modulus @ 73°F psi D790 188,000 – 512,000
Izod impact (notched) ft-lbs/in of notch D256 0.22 – 1.1
Deflection Temperature Under Load  @ 264 psi °F D648 Unannealed: 162 – 221
Annealed: 125 – 223
Water absorption @ 73°F –  24 hours % D570 0.29 – 0.42
Compressive strength psi D695 14,100 – 18,000
Coefficient of linear thermal expansion (CLTE) (in/in°F) D696 3.3E-5 to 5.0E-5
Taber Abrasion Resistance mg D1044 0.00100 – 3.81

*Technical Data is provided courtesy of UL Prospector (www.ulprospector.com) and IAPD (www.IAPD.org).

Data is to be considered representative and is provided for guidance only. All product performance must be verified by the user under actual application conditions.

Product Options

Color: Clear, White, Black, Gray, Bronze, Sign Colors
Grades: General Purpose, Cast, Non-glare, Digital Print, Mirror, Impact Modified, Frost, LED Sign, Lighting Panel, Aerospace, Frame Grade

Standard Sizes

Sheet Dimensions: 48″ x 96″, 48″ x 120″, 51″ x 100″, 60″ x 96″, 72″ x 96″, 60″ x  120″
Thickness: 0.030″ – 6″
Rod Diameter: 0.125″ – 8″
Tube Outside Diameter: .250″ – 12″

*The sizes above are standard stocking sizes. Other custom sizes are available upon request. Please contact your local branch for information and a quote.

Suppliers / Brands

 Supplier Brands
OPTIX®,FABBACK®,DURAPLEX®
  Acrylite®
 Arkema Plexiglas®, Altuglas®