Acrylic

Acrylic is Widely Used For:

  • Indoor and outdoor signs
  • POP displays and exhibits
  • Architectural glazing, skylights
  • LED diffusing lighting panels
  • Transportation applications
  • Brochure holders
  • Shelves and retail fixtures
  • Transparent manifolds

Performance Characteristics:

  • Strong, stiff, optically clear
  • Easy to fabricate, machine,
    and thermoform
  • Easy to solvent bond
  • Good dimensional stability
  • Good weathering

Common Brands:

  • OPTIX®
  • Plexiglas®
  • ACRYLITE®


Acrylic

Strong, stiff, clear plastic available in a variety of brilliant colors

Acrylic is a transparent thermoplastic material with outstanding strength, stiffness, and optical clarity. Acrylic sheet is easy to fabricate, bonds well with adhesives and solvents, and is easy to thermoform. It has superior weathering properties compared to many other transparent plastics. Acrylic sheet exhibits glass-like qualities—clarity, brilliance, and transparency—but at half the weight and many times the impact resistance of glass. From durable signs and skylights, to eye-catching retail store fixtures, displays and shelves, acrylic provides outstanding versatility, durability, and aesthetic qualities. 

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STANDARD SIZES
SHEET Dimensions:
8 in x 10 in – 72 in x 120 in
Thickness:
0.060 in – 2 in
RODS Cast Outside Diameter:
0.250 in – 6 in
  Extruded Outside Diameter:
0.125 in – 2 in
TUBES Cast Outside Diameter:
1.250 in – 12 in
  Extruded Outside Diameter:
0.250 in – 6 in
OPTIONS AVAILABLE
TEXTURE, SURFACE,
PATTERN
Abrasion Resistant (AR1, AR2), Non-Glare, Light Diffusion, P95, P99, Mirror
GRADES General Purpose, Abrasion
Resistant, 40% Impact Modified, 70% Impact Modified, Light Diffusing, Bullet Resistant, Sign-Grade, Anti Reflective/ Non-Glare, ESD (Electrostatic Dissipative), Digital
TYPES AND COLORS
CAST Clear

Opaque:
Black 2025

Translucent:
White 7328, White 2447, Red 2157, Red 2283, Red 2793,
Yellow 2037, Green 2108, Blue 2051, Blue 2050, Blue 2114
EXTRUDED Clear

Opaque:
Black 2025, White 3015

Translucent:
White 7328

Transparent:
Bronze 2412, Bronze 2404, Bronze 2370, Green 3030,
Gray Smoke 2074, Gray Smoke 2064, White 2447
MIRROR Blue 1000, Blue 2069, Blue 2424, Purple 1020, Gray 1050, Gray 2064, Orange 1119, Gold 1300, Red 1310, Red 1400, Red 2423, Bronze 2404, Bronze 1600, Green 4674, Green 2414, Pink 1450, Teal 2120, Yellow 2208, Amber 2422, Mirrored
PRINT GRADE White 7328 Translucent
LIGHT DIFFUSING Blue 2050, Blue 2114, Red 2157, Red 2283, Red 2793, White 2406, White 2447, White 7328, Yellow 2037

Length, width, thickness, and diameter tolerances vary by size, by manufacturer, brand, and grade. Custom sizes and colors available upon request. Acrylic rod and tube are also available in a wide range of colors.
Cast and extruded acrylic available in paper and film mask.


ACRYLIC MATERIAL OPTIONS

Extruded Acrylic– Extruded acrylic sheet can be manufactured to any length, which often results in cost savings since yield loss can be minimized when parts are cut from custom sheet sizes. Extruded acrylic is also the easiest grade to thermoform and the easiest to bond using solvent cements.

Cast Acrylic– Cast acrylic sheet has better chemical resistance and superior machining characteristics compared with extruded acrylic.

Acrylic for Architectural Applications– Acrylic’s clarity, light weight, impact resistance, and weather resistance, make this material a popular choice for architectural applications. Acrylic sheet is used in everything from windows and wall partitions to lighting fixtures and canopies.

Acrylic for Transportation Applications– Acrylic is used throughout the transportation industry in instrument panels, windows, windshields, and mirrors.

OPTIX® DA Acrylic for Digital Printing– OPTIX® DA is specifically designed to provide optimal adhesion of UV curing inks without the need for adhesion promoters.

OPTIX® LD Acrylic for Light Diffusion– OPTIX® LD light diffusing acrylic sheet provides superior diffusion properties and weatherability allowing for greater sign design flexibility with slim profile channel letters. Visible hot spots and luminance fluctuations are eliminated without affecting the light transmission properties. Offered in a wide variety of stock sizes, colors and patterns.

FDA Compliant Acrylic– Acrylic is available in FDA compliant grades.

Cut-to-Size Acrylic Sheet– Acrylic is available in “cut-to-size” or “run-to-size” sheet options. Gain the flexibility of buying acrylic how you need it - save time, eliminate scrap, improve your productivity, and reduce wear and tear on your equipment.

Acrylic Packs– Some grades of Acrylic sheet are sold in convenient packs ranging from 4-12 sheets such as Clear OPTIX® Acrylic and Impact Modified Acrylic.

Acrylic Rods and Tubes– Acrylic rod and tube are available in a wide range of sizes. These materials are often used for point-of-purchase display applications.

Tech Tip– A number of coatings can be applied to a sheet or finished part for performance enhancing characteristics such as scratch resistance, anti-fogging, glare reduction, and solar reflective.

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Typical properties of ACRYLIC
  UNITS ASTM TEST CONTINUOUSLY PROCESSED
ACRYLIC SHEET
Tensile strength psi D638 10,000
Flexural modulus psi D790 480,000
Izod impact (notched) ft-lbs/in of notch D256 0.4
Heat deflection temperature @ 264 psi °F D648 195
Maximum continuous service temperature in air °F   160
Water absorption (immersion 24 hours) % D570 0.20
Coefficient of linear thermal expansion in/in/°Fx10-5 D696 4.0
Light transmittance % D1003 92

Values may vary according to brand name. Please ask your Curbell Plastics representative for more specific information about an individual brand. 

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