Wednesday, October 30, 2013

50 Uses for Plexiglass Acrylic Sheets, Rods & Tubes

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

Acrylic is  technically a polymer chain of PMMA (Polymethyl methacrylate).  This thermoplastic resin is produced in basic shapes such as sheets, rods and tubes which are often used as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass. The material was developed in 1928 and was first brought to market in 1933 by the Rohm and Hass Company, under the trademark Plexiglas.  In sheet form, it has since been sold under many different names, including Acrylite®, Lucite®, and Optix®. Plexiglass acrylic is produced in basic shapes by three different manufacturing processes: Cast, Extruded & Continuous Cast.

PMMA is an economical alternative to polycarbonate (PC) when extreme strength is not necessary. Additionally, PMMA does not contain the potentially harmful bisphenol-A subunits found in polycarbonate. It is often preferred because of its moderate properties, easy handling and processing, and low cost. Non-modified PMMA behaves in a brittle manner when loaded, especially under an impact force and is more prone to scratching than conventional inorganic glass, but modified PMMA can achieve high scratch and impact resistance.  It can also be coated with special abrasion-resistant coating as supplied in Acrylite® AR

Plexiglass is also available extruded rods, cast rods, extruded tubes, cast tubes, and a variety of profiles shapes such as square bar rectangular bar, triangle bar, J-Bar, Z-Bar and W-Bar.  These shapes are used to fabricate various point-of-purchase displays and store fixtures.

50 Common Uses for Plexiglass:

Safety Glazing
Picture Frames
Impact Shields
Display Cases
Display Stands
Table Tops
Backlit Signs
Light Fixtures
Storm Windows
Bus Shelters
Designer Glass
Instrument Dials
Sight Glasses
Museum Cases
Store Fixtures
Light Boxes
Aircraft Canopies
Photo Backdrops
Light Diffusers
Face Masks
Patio Glass
Optical Lenses
Sound Barriers
P.O.P. Displays
Brochure Holders
Test Fixtures
Video Screens
Collection Boxes
Water Tanks
Arena Shields
Speaker Boxes
Acoustic Shields
Medical Shields
Food Storage
Marker Boards
Menu Boards
Retail Advertising
Motorcycle Fairings

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