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Overview

Acrylic, trade name Plexiglas, is a crystal clear plastic equal to optical glass. It has outstanding resistance to the damaging effects of sunlight and weathering. It has a high impact resistance and a good chemical resistance.

Acrylic plastic refers to a family of synthetic, (man-made), plastic materials containing one or more derivatives of acrylic acid.

Unfortunately, this plastic is not easily recycled. It is considered a group 7 plastic among recycled plastics and is not collected for recycling in most communities. Large pieces can be reformed into other useful objects if they have not suffered too much stress, crazing, or cracking, but this accounts for only a very small portion of the acrylic plastic waste. In a landfill, acrylic plastics, like many other plastics, are not readily biodegradable.

 

Heat & Chemical Resistance

Acrylic has continuous hardness and strength at temperatures up to 214 °F at 66 psi and has strong chemical resistance.

 

Mechanical properties

This plastic is easy to machine and has ease with thermo-forming. These desirable qualities help Royal Custom Plastics excel in machining and fabricating various parts such as: display cases, windows, windshields, safety guards and covers. Different formulations of sheets are available. Translucent and transparent colors, frosted acrylic, and several different textures are obtainable.

 

Flammability

Acrylic is rated HB. Some acrylic plastics are highly flammable and must be protected from sources of combustion.

 

Specifications