Ever wondered about acrylic plastic…..
Who invented acrylic?
Acrylic plastic was invented by the German chemists Fittig and Paul discovered the polymerization of acrylic plastic (poly(methyl methacrylate)) in 1877. In 1933 the German chemist Otto Röhm patented and registered the brand name PLEXIGLAS. In 1936 the first commercially viable production of acrylic safety glass began. During World War II acrylic glass was used for submarine periscopes, and windshields, canopies, and gun turrets for airplanes.
How is Acrylic plastic made?
Acrylic plastic sheets are formed by a process known as bulk polymerization. In this process, the monomer and catalyst are poured into a mould where the reaction takes place.
Acrylic is also known as acrylic glass, Plexiglas, Lucite and Perspex. These are brand names, but they all are referring to the same product.
Can acrylic be recycled?
Acyclic is 98% recyclable. We are dedicated to reducing waste, increasing efficiency and reusing and recycling waste wherever possible. We will always try to get the maximum amount of usage out of each sheet of material with as little waste as we can. If a plastic is required for a short-term use, we would generally recommend using acrylic or polycarbonate due to their recycling properties. We offer free recycling of any acrylic or Polycarbonate, purchased from us.
Who sells Acrylic sheets?
We do! We offer a cut to size service and will polish and drill holes, if required to do so. We hold a wide variety of colours in stock and if we haven’t got the colour you desire, we will order it in for you.
What can acrylic be used for?
The possibilities are endless!
Acrylic sheets are great for cladding bathrooms as an alternative to tiles and as splashbacks in kitchens. They are very hygienic since they can easily be wiped clean and do not have as many joins as tiles do. We recommend that you use soap and water to clean acrylic and then use a dry cloth to remove any water marks, however you can also buy special cleaners specifically for acrylic.
Acrylic can be used to offer protection to tabletops, which we can cut to size for you. We also custom make acrylic display cases, leaflet holders, iPad stands, cake stands and canape trays, to name but a few! We use acrylic in our fabrication process to make centre pieces for store windows, retail stands and events and to produce bespoke furniture.
Are acrylic splashbacks any good?
We think they are great! They can be supplied in a wide range of colours, but if we haven’t got the exact shade you require, we will explain how you can achieve this by applying paint to the back of clear acrylic sheets. If you really want an individual and unique look, we can supply you with digitally printed acrylic splashbacks all you have to do is let us know what design or picture you’d like.
Acrylic splashbacks are hygienic, easy to fit and are easy to clean. They are a quick and effective way of modernising an existing kitchen and are great way of adding colour to a new kitchen. Acrylic splashbacks are also cheaper than toughened glass.