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What is acrylic (plastic)?

  • Author:hanny
  • Source:szhotsun
  • Release on :2015-07-16

Noncrystalline thermoplastic that can come in many colours, weather and shatter resistant. It is used in many things such as acrylic nails, airplane canopies, display fixtures, advertising sign models, toys, light fittings, safety shields for machinery and many other useful items.

Acrylic is a useful, clear plastic that resembles glass, but has properties that make it superior to glass in many ways. 

It is an excellent glazing, signage, window or display material that is unaffected by moisture, and offers a high strength-to-weight ratio. Acrylic offers high light transmittance and can be easily heat-formed without loss of optical clarity. 

It has a transparency rate of 93% which makes acrylic the clearest material known. Very thick glass will have a green tint, while acrylic remains clear. 

There are two disadvantages of acrylic: it is more expensive than glass, and if exposed to a direct flame it will melt and eventually burn.