Acrylic is a synthetic (man-made) plastic and like all plastics, Acrylic is a polymer. The word polymer comes from the Greek words poly, meaning many, and meros, meaning a part. A polymer, therefore, is a material made up of many molecules, or parts, linked together like a chain. Polymers may have hundreds, or even thousands, of molecules linked together. Most importantly however, a polymer is a material that has properties entirely different than its component parts.
The process of making a polymer, known as polymerization is like to mixing together scrap glass, copper, and many other materials, stirring the mixture, and coming back a little later to find a laptop computer. The individual component parts are still there, but they have been reassembled into something that looks and functions entirely differently.
Acrylic contains one or more derivative of acrylic acid. The most common acrylic plastic is polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). We more commonly know this as Plexiglas, Lucite, Perspex, or one of the many brand names.
PMMA is a strong transparent material with excellent resistance to UV radiation and weathering. It can be coloured, moulded, cut, drilled, and formed. It is therefore an ideal material for many applications including POS, signage, furniture, display cases and many more applications. Just take a look at our website to see what can be created from the humble beginnings of PMMA!