Acrylic

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

About Acrylic

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Acrylic is a transparent plastic 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 plastics provide outstanding versatility, durability, and aesthetic qualities.

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 Properties and 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.

Continuous Cast Acrylic – In addition to the better chemical resistance and superior machining characteristics, OPTIX® L-Series provides a more uniform thickness and larger sheet sizes due to the nature of the continuous cast manufacturing method.

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.

AMGARD™ Acrylic for Safety Shields– A transparent sheet formulated with a silver ion antimicrobial agent that protects the sheet surface against the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, mold and mildew that cause stains and odors. AMGARD™ provides additional surface protection between cleanings and complies with applicable EPA requirements as a Treated Article.

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.

OPTIX® R Recycled Acrylic Sheet– OPTIX® R (Renewable) is an optically clear recycled sheet comprised of up to 95% post-industrial recycled content. It supports customer’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives, offers excellent dimensional stability, and is ideal for displays, signage, and framing.

OPTIX® 95 Acrylic– OPTIX® 95 has a matte finish on one side and provides a decorative effect that reduces surface reflections. Smudge and fingerprint resistant.

OPTIX® 95 LED Light Diffusing Acrylic– OPTIX® 95 LED offers a soft satin appearance on one side, combining high efficiency with excellent diffusing properties, making it ideal for LED lighting applications.

OPTIX® Frost LED Light Diffusing Acrylic– OPTIX® Frost LED acrylic sheet provides a soft satin appearance on 2 sides, combining high efficiency with excellent diffusing properties, making it ideal for LED lighting applications.

OPTIX® LED Satin – OPTIX® LED Satin architectural lighting panels enable narrower dimensions and thinner gauges while maintaining hiding power. UL Certification: UL94HB, RTI90, F1 outdoor suitability.

OPTIX® Lum 1– OPTIX® Lum 1 diffusive sheet is a premium white acrylic sheet which provides both high transmission and excellent lamp hiding capabilities.

OPTIX® Flexilume Specialty Film– OPTIX® Flexilume film is best used as an overlay film for lenses or louvers or as contour inserts with perforated metals, profiles or reflecting surfaces. OPTIX® Flexilume features a matte/smooth finish and excellent uniformity.

OPTIX® Flex G2 Diffusive Overlay Film – OPTIX® Flex G2 film is best used as an overlay film for lenses or louvers, or as contour inserts with perforated metals, profiles or reflecting surfaces. Standard OPTIX® Flex G2 is warm in transmittance and cool in reflectance. Enhanced surface diffusion one-side satin/one-side matte; eliminates glossy surface.

OPTIX® Pattern 12 (PL-21) Panels – OPTIX® Pattern 12 (PL-21) Prismatic Acrylic lighting panels offer excellent efficiency and direct glare control, while providing an attractive appearance. The PL-21 features a 3/16" square base female conical pattern. It fits standard ceiling grids for easy installation.

KSH® Acrylic Lighting Panels and Overlays for Light Diffusing– KSH® panels are prismatic lighting panels that eliminate glare and obscure fluorescent and HID (high intensity discharge) lamps. They are suitable for various size areas and available in several prismatic options. KSH® high transmission acrylic overlay sheets are used to diffuse lamp images and provide a more uniform surface brightness.

Plexiglas® Sylk Light Diffusing Acrylic– Plexiglas® Sylk acrylic sheet with a soft texture throughout maintains that texture after bending and forming. It is easy to fabricate and thermoform. UL 94 HB.

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.

Acrylic Rods and Tubes– Acrylic rodsquare 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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