The acrylic, also popularly known as Poly Methyl Metha Acrylate-PMMA or Plexiglas common misspelt as Plexiglass is a type of transparent thermoplastic. The PMMA is the technical or scientific name of the acrylic which is considered as an alternative to glass. The acrylic is also known by other names such as Lucite, Optix, Polycast, and Chemcast. The acrylic is commonly used as a shatter-resistant and lightweight plastic popularly instead of glass. The acrylic is affordable in comparison to polycarbonate or usually called PC but in the cases where extreme strength is not a requirement. The acrylic is clear and transparent up to 92% which makes it most useful and appropriate. One of the other application of acrylic is acrylic paint and photo prints which eventually unique outcome and outstanding performance. Get in touch with Big Acrylic in order to get your photos printed in acrylic and get it preserved for a comparatively longer period in comparison to other types of photo prints.
The acrylic was first developed in 1928 by various developers such as William Chalmers, Otto Rohm and Walter Bauer. Eventually. The Rohm and Hass company were the first to introduce acrylic material in the market in the year 1933 with the trademark of Plexiglas. In spite of the fact that acrylic has no characteristics of glass, the material has been popularly called acrylic glass. The acrylic is well known for its versatility and flexibility and used for various purposes. The surface of acrylic is as hard as brass and copper and can be painted, screen printed, glued, drilled, sawed and routed as per the requirement.
Many day-to-day household materials are made of acrylic such them as aquarium, skylight, bone cement, dentures etc. The acrylic is also popularly used in DIY applications such as replacing traditional whiteboard, in many offices as well as home furniture and décor, jewellery, photo frames and photo prints, garden greenhouse, LED designing, window panes etc.
One of the interesting products of acrylic is the Pontiac Ghost Car made by Rohm and Hass company in 1939 which is the first transparent car in the US. The Rohm and Hass company spent $ 25000 to build the car in 1939 which was eventually auctioned for $ 308000 in the year 2011. Another interesting and famous application of acrylic is the capturing of lightning sculptures. The captured lightning cubs are marvellous and spellbound work with the acrylic. Similarly, another interesting acrylic application is the giant acrylic touch screen.