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(Also known as Acrylite)

Two-sided printAcrylic is a clear thermoplastic with about 92% transparency, making it useful in many optical applications. It is also a good electrical insulator for low frequencies and has very good resistance for weathering. Acrylic can also be heat formed/thermoformed as well as solvent cemented. Acrylics are typically made by one of three processes, extrusion, continuously manufactured and casting.

The primary difference is that extrusion typically has a lower molecular weight and casting has the highest molecular weight. Extrusion and casting typically overlap at 1/4 to 3/8 thickness with casting being the only process to manufacture thicker materials


  • Outstanding outdoor weather ability and UV resistance
  • Exceptionally long lifespan
  • Optically clear – high light transmission
  • Good acoustic properties
  • Excellent surface hardness and durability
  • Lightweight – less than half the weight of an equivalent piece of glass
  • 17 times stronger than glass
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Suitable for food contact

Substitute for glass in:

  • Shatterproof windows
  • Skylights
  • Illuminated signs
  • Aircraft canopies

Common Uses:

  • Transparent glass substitute
  • Daylight redirection
  • Medical technologies and implants
  • Artistic and aesthetic uses
  • Signs