All You Need to Know about Acrylic Sheets
Acrylic sheets are an integral part of our world that we interact with every day, yet rarely notice. Although it might seem like a bad thing, it is a testament to acrylic sheets’ adaptability and ability to adapt to modern life.
If you look closely at the words on this page, you will likely find that they are written in acrylic. Acrylic sheets can be used to create a wide range of products, from the glass on your smartphone’s front to your laptop’s screen.
They are also used in the manufacture of glass for cars and wing mirrors. Acrylic sheets are a vital part of Acrylic sheet
manufacturing because they can be cut to almost any shape or thickness.
What are acrylic sheets? Acrylic is a type or plastic that is made using one or more derivatives from acrylic acid. There are many types of acrylic that can be made from this process, but the most popular is PMMA (or Polymethyl methacrylate acrylic). It is known for its extraordinary weatherability, clarity and strength as well as versatility.
PMAA is used as a replacement for glass due to its brilliance and clarity. It is half the weight of glass, and has up to fifty times as much impact resistance. Acrylic sheets, just like glass, can be coated in many different ways to prevent fogging, glare or other glass-like properties.
Acrylic sheets are made by adding acrylic polymers into the barrel of an extruder. They then heat them to a molten state. The molten mixture is extruded by the screwdriver from the machine. The thickness and sometimes the finish of the sheet will depend on the spacing of the die.
The continuous roll of still hot acrylic is then passed through a series cooling rolls before being cut to its final size. Finally, it is packed and shipped to the company that ordered it.
Although it’s not difficult, acrylic has allowed manufacturing to take huge leaps in the past few years.
Next time you look in your room, think about how much acrylic was used.