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Acrylic Plastics - Sheets, Rods, Tubes and Accessories


Acrylic is a transparent thermoplastic, often used as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass.

Acrylic is also known by brand names including Acrylite, Lucite, Optix, Plexiglas, Perspex and Altuglas.


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Acrylic Tubes

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Acrylic Plastics Overview

Acrylics have outstanding resistance to long-term exposure to sunlight and weathering. It has excellent optical properties and is more resistant to impact than glass. In addition, acrylic has low water absorption, good electrical resistivity, and fair tensile strength. Applications are infinite, including art installations, outdoor signs, glazing, aircraft canopies, skylights, auto tail-lights, dials, buttons, lighting applications, knobs, and machine covers. Interstate Plastics offers a wide variety of Acrylic plastics to fit your specific application.

Acrylic is often preferred because of its moderate properties, easy handling and processing, and low cost, but behaves in a brittle manner when loaded, especially under an impact force. Transmits up to 92% of visible light (3 mm thickness), and gives a reflection of about 4% from each of its surfaces on account of its refractive index. It has a density of 1.17-1.20 g/cm3, which is less than half that of glass. It also has good impact strength, higher than both glass and polystyrene.


• Outstanding resistance to long-term exposure to sunlight and weathering.

• Thermoformable.

• Dozens of color options and variations.

• Lightweight and rigid.

• Excellent optical properties.

• More impact resistance than glass.

• Low water absorption.

• Good electrical resistivity.

• Good UV resistance.

• Easy to glue, hot air weld and machine.



Acrylic Plastics Applications

Common application include:

Glass Substitute: aquariums, viewing ports for submersibles, automobile light lenses, hockey rink guards, riot protection, bullet-resistant glass applications (i.e. banks, gas stations, vehicles transporting valuables)

Medical: intraocular lenses, dentures, dental filling, liquid rerouting

Aesthetic: furniture, layered painting, photo framing, architectural installations, signage

Light Redirection: even lighting dispersion panels, greenhouses, decorative lighting installations, light shelves

Optical Displays

Merchandising and POP Displays

Decorative Paneling

Ice Rinks

Countertops and Tables

Security Glazing

Protective Shielding

Industrial Glazing

Mood Lighting
Shower Enclosures

Skylights

Signs and Signage

Artistic Projects


Cast Versus Extruded Acrylics

Acrylic is produced in two basic variations, cast and extruded. Cast acrylic sheet is made to exacting standards. It offers excellent optical characteristics, thickness tolerances, light stability, and low internal stress levels for consistent performance. Extruded acrylic is a continuously manufactured acrylic sheet, resulting in a sheet offering with the easy handling and processing of extruded sheet, along with the high optical characteristics and low stress levels expected of cast products.

Cast acrylic is more difficult to bend and shape versus extruded.

In heat bending and thermoforming, extruded acrylic may behave differently depending on the bending direction relative to the extrusion direction. This is not an issue with cast acrylic. When colored cast acrylic is heated for thermoforming or heat bending, the color may change. Matte-colored surfaces can become clear and clear surfaces can become matte or opaque. In addition, the shade of color may change.

Laser engraving should only be done on cast acrylic to produce a clear engraved image. In laser cutting, extruded acrylic will have a rougher edge, whereas cast is generally smooth.

Cast is more difficult to flame polish versus extruded. Extruded acrylic tends to be more consistent in sheet thickness, while cast can vary as much as +/- 15% in thinner sizes. Cast acrylic is more resistant to the same solvents, as well more resistant to scratching versus extruded.



Acrylic Opacity: Opaque, Translucent and Transparent. What do they mean?

Opacity and transparency both deal with the amount of light that can pass through an object, in this case acrylic plastic.

Opaque Acrylic: Opaque acrylic will let minimal to no light through. An opaque piece of plastic will completely block out light when placed in front of a light source. Opaque acrylics are used in applications where a solid color is desired with no light transmission requirements.

Translucent Acrylic: Acrylics that are translucent allow light through, but with significant diffusion or distortion. Usually allowing in the range of 1% to 50% light transmission, translucent acrylic will allow light through, without showing the object behind. For example, the light from a light bulb will transmit through the acrylic, but the bulb itself will not be visible. A person behind a translucent piece of acrylic may appear as a silhoulette, or not at all, depending on the light transmission percentage. This is contrasted with transparent plastic, where the object behind would be visible with minimal diffusion and distortion.

Transparent Acrylic: Acrylics that are transparent, also referred to as tinted, allow one to see through them as if there’s nothing there. Allowing in the range of 50% to 93% light transmission, images are identifiable just as one would see through a pair of sunglasses. There is a tint, but little to no diffusion or distortion.

Bottom Line: Opaque acrylics let no light through, transparent acrylics let most light through allowing objects behind to be seen, and translucent acrylics allow some light through but with considerable diffusion and distortion.



Physical Properties of Cast Acrylic*
Specific Gravity 1.19
Tensile Strength 10000 psi
Elongation % (Rupture) 4.2%
Flexural Strength (Rupture) 16500 psi
Impact Strength 0.4 lbs/in
Rockwell Hardness M-94
Light Transmission 92-93%
UV Transmission
(@ 320 Nanometers)
0
Forming Temperature 340-380F
Deflection Temperature
(@ 264psi)
210F
Max Service Temperature 180F
Vicat Softening Point 239F
Self-Ignition Temperature 910F
Dielectric Strength, Short Time 430 volts/mil
Water Absorption
(24 Hours @ 73F)
0.2%
*Values listed are typical and are meant only as a guide to aid in design. Field testing should be performed to find the actual values for your application.


Physical Properties of Extruded Acrylic*
Specific Gravity 1.19
Tensile Strength 10000 psi
Elongation % (Rupture) 4.5%
Flexural Strength (Rupture) 17000 psi
Impact Strength 0.4 lbs/in
Rockwell Hardness M-93
Light Transmission 92%
UV Transmission
(@ 320 Nanometers)
0
Forming Temperature 300F
Deflection Temperature
(@ 264psi)
195F
Max Service Temperature 160F
Vicat Softening Point 220F
Self-Ignition Temperature 850F
Dielectric Strength, Short Time 430 volts/mil
Water Absorption
(24 Hours @ 73F)
0.2%
*Values listed are typical and are meant only as a guide to aid in design. Field testing should be performed to find the actual values for your application.


Resistance to Chemicals:
R = Resistant | L = Limited Resistance | N = Non-Resistant
Chemical Cast Extruded
Acetic Acid 5% R L
Acetic Acid (Glacial) N N
Acetone N N
Ammonium Chloride R R
Aniline N N
Battery Acid R R
Benzene N N
Butyl Acetate N N
Calcium Hypochlorite R R
Carbon Tetrachloride N N
Chloroform N N
Chromic Acid L L
Citric Acid (20%) R R
Detergent Solution R R
Diesel Oil R R
Dimethyl Formamide N N
Ethyl Acetate N N
Ethyl Alcohol (30%) L L
Ethyl Alcohol (95%) N N
Ethylene Dichloride N N
Ethylene Glycol R R
Gasoline (Regular, Leaded) L L
Glycerine R R
Heptane R R
Hydrochloric Acid R R
Hydrofluoric Acid (25%) L N
Hydrogen Peroxide (<40%) R R
Hydrogen Peroxide (>40%) N L
Isopropyl Alcohol L L
Kerosene R R
Lacquer Thinner N N
Methyl Alcohol (30%) L L
Methyl Alcohol (100%) N N
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) N N
Methylene Chloride N N
Mineral Oil R R
Nitric Acid (10%) R R
Nitric Acid (40%) L L
Nitric Acid (Concentrated) N N
Oleic Acid R R
Olive Oil R R
Soap Solution (Dish Soap) R R
Sodium Carbonate R R
Sodium Hydroxide R R
Sulfuric Acid (30%) R R
Sulfuric Acid (Concentrated) L N
Toluene N N
Trichloroethylene N N
Turpentine L R
Water R R
Xylene N N

 

 

 

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Acrylic Sheet - Clear Cast Paper-Masked
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Clear Extruded Paper-Masked
Extruded Acrylic has moderate properties, easy handling and processing, and low cost.
Acrylic Sheet - Clear Film Masked
Extruded Acrylic has moderate properties, easy handling and processing, and low cost.
Acrylic Mirror Sheet - Clear Extruded Mirror
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Mirror Sheet - Bronze
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Mirror Sheet - Red
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Clear Non-Glare Extruded
Non-glare Acrylic has a matte finish, non-glare surface, which minimizes reflections.
Acrylic Rod - Clear Cast
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Tube - Clear Cast
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Rod - Clear Extruded
Extruded Acrylic has moderate properties, easy handling and processing, and low cost.
Acrylic Tube - Clear Extruded
Extruded Acrylic has moderate properties, easy handling and processing, and low cost.
Machinable Plastics Material Sample Pack
6x6" sample of ABS, Acetal, Acrylic, HDPE, PVC, UHMW, and 3x3" sample of PTFE.
Thermoplastics Material Sample Pack
6x6" sample of ABS, Acetal, Acrylic, Nylon, PVC, UHMW, PET, and a 3x3" sample of PTFE.
Acrylic Sheet - Clear OP-3/P99 Paper-Masked
Op-3/p99 Acrylic sheet is a UV filtering Acrylic sheet combined with a matte finish.
Acrylic Sheet - Clear P99 Paper-Masked
P99 Acrylic has a matte finish, non-glare surface, which minimizes reflection for glare-free viewing
Acrylic Sheet - Clear P95 Cast Paper-Masked
Acrylic Sheet - Clear AR1 Extruded Paper-Masked
Acrylic AR1 has 45 times the abrasion resistance of uncoated Acrylic.
Acrylic Sheet - Clear P30 Extruded
Acrylic P30 has a decorative stippled texture on one side of the sheet.
Acrylic Sheet - Clear DP-32 Extruded
Acrylic DP32 has a medium grain texture with a 69% light transmission.
Acrylic Sheet - Clear Bullet Resistant Cast Paper-Masked
Mp 1. 25 Acrylic is one of our thinnest and lightest bullet resisting products.
Acrylic Sheet - Clear Bullet Resistant SAR-Level 1
Mp 1. 25 Acrylic is one of our thinnest and lightest bullet resisting products
Acrylic Sheet - Black 2025 / 9RK01 (Opaque) Extruded Paper-Masked
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - White 7508 / WT020 Cast Paper-Masked (Translucent)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - White 2447 / WRT31 Extruded Paper-Masked (Translucent 55%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - White 7328 / WRT30 Extruded Paper-Masked (Translucent 32%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Ivory 2146 / 1K031 Cast Paper-Masked (Translucent 29%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Green 3030 Edge Cast Paper-Masked (Transparent)
Color Acrylic serves a multitude of applications from framing pictures to aerospace.
Acrylic Sheet - Green 2111 Cast Paper-Masked (Transparent 77%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Green 2092 Cast Paper-Masked (Transparent 26%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Green 2108 / 6K069 Cast Paper-Masked (Translucent 2%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Medium Gray 2074 Extruded Paper-Masked (Transparent 13%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Light Gray 2064 Extruded Paper-Masked (Transparent 25%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Blue 2050 / 5K031 Cast Paper-Masked (Translucent 1%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Blue 2114 / 5RK30 Cast Paper-Masked (Translucent 3%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Blue 2424 Cast Paper-Masked (Transparent 7%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Blue 2051 Cast Paper-Masked (Translucent)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Blue 2069 Cast Paper-Masked (Transparent 55%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Brown 2418 Cast Paper-Masked (Opaque)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Amber 2422 (Transparent) Cast Paper-Masked
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Red 2793 / 3RK31 Cast Paper-Masked (Translucent 3%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Red 2423 / 3M031 Cast Paper-Masked (Transparent 5%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Red 2157 / 3RK30 Cast Paper-Masked (Translucent 2%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Red 2283 / 3RK32 Cast Paper-Masked (Translucent 10%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Yellow 2016 Cast Paper-Masked (Translucent)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Yellow 2037 / 1RK30 Cast Paper-Masked (Translucent 23%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Yellow 2208 Cast Paper-Masked (Transparent 75%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Bronze 2370 Extruded Paper-Masked (Transparent 11%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Bronze 2412 Extruded Paper-Masked (Transparent 27%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Sheet - Bronze 2404 Extruded Paper-Masked (Transparent 48%)
Acrylic sheet is 17 times stronger than glass, has excellent clarity, durability, and is lightweight
Acrylic Challenge 2 Coin Desktop Stand - Jade
Acrylic Challenge 2 Coin Desktop Stand – Jade
Challenge 8 Coin Desktop Stand - ICE BLUE
Acrylic Challenge 8 Coin Desktop Stand – ICE BLUE
Acrylic Block Frames
Magnetic ultra-clear virgin cast acrylic photo frames.
Plastic Cleaning Essentials Kit
Comes with Brillianize Plastic Cleaner & Polish as well as two microfiber towels.
Microfiber Cleaning Gloves
White Microfiber Cleaning Gloves
Microfiber Towels - 3 Pack
Perfect for dusting, cleaning and polishing easy to scratch surfaces
Microfiber Towels - 5 Pack
Perfect for dusting, cleaning and polishing easy to scratch surfaces
Novus Scratch Removal Starter Kit
2oz bottles of Novus 1, 2, and 3 as well as a microfiber towel and cleaning wipes.
Tiger Cloth 10x18"
10" x 18" microfiber dry cleaning cloth for static and dust control
Novus 1
Gently cleans without scratching and leaves a smooth finish that resists finger marks and fogging.
Novus 2
Removes fine scratches, haziness and abrasions from most plastics.
Novus 3
Restore older, deeply damaged acrylic and plastic fixtures.
Polishing and Scratch Removal Kit
Prepares plastic edges for gluing, to repair surface scratches, and to polish surfaces.

 

 



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