The application areas of acrylic glass

The applications of acrylic glass are almost unlimited. There are almost none of the common processing techniques that would not be possible with acrylic glass. Of course, there are limits due to the properties of the material. Below is an overview of the application areas of acrylic glass.

A versatile thermoplastic: polymethylmethacrylate

Acrylic glass is a plastic. These are polymethyl methacrylate, PMMA for short. Acrylic glass is produced by different polymerizations (continuous chemical reactions):

  • radical chain polymerization
  • emulsion
  • anionic polymerization
  • solution
  • bulk

Basic properties of PMMA

It is also a thermoplastic material, also known as plastomers. This in turn means that these plastics can be processed with heat. This includes the bending and shaping of acrylic glass. There are also many other processing techniques:

  • mechanical processing techniques (drilling, milling, sawing, engraving, grinding, punching)
  • Thermal processing techniques (bending, forming, molding)
  • chemical processing techniques (join and glue, pour)

Working on acrylic glass

Of course you will find in the house journal also guides and instructions on all machining techniques, so from drilling acrylic glass up to acrylic glass pour. The application possibilities and areas of application are thus significantly expanded.

Acrylic glass in the information and advertising industry

A classic area of ​​application benefits acrylic glass in advertising. From the paperweight made of acrylic glass with engraving and / or cast-in materials (from cogwheel over flowers to photos) to the illuminated advertising sign, everything is represented. In the past, acrylic glass panels were usually mounted as weather protection over advertising media. Thanks to LED technology and the ability to laser cut acrylic glass, it has long since become an independent advertising medium made of PMMA.

Canopies, thermally insulated windows or greenhouses

For DIY enthusiasts, acrylic glass is used for roofing terraces and balconies, as a lateral wind and privacy screen (instructions for laying acrylic glass sheets). But the greenhouse made of double-ply slabs made of acrylic glass is also gaining in popularity. It is also used for window glazing of garden sheds or for covering flower beds.

Acrylic glass in the camping and outdoor area

Even the thermal insulation properties of acrylic sheets are extremely good. Thus, acrylic sheets are also found in many commercial buildings where a translucent roofing is important. The high resistance to weather conditions and UV radiation make acrylic glass so interesting here. Because it also has a high impact resistance, many glazing on camping and motorhomes as well as trailers made of acrylic glass.

Industrial applications with acrylic

The industry also knows many different applications. Here are just a few examples:

  • Headlights of vehicles
  • tail lights
  • helmet visors
  • Windshields on mopeds
  • Fiber optic cables and fiber optic cables
  • Insulation protection (pouring, coating, sealing, etc.)
  • illuminated signs
  • colored light disks (for example at traffic lights)
  • various components and components of devices and machines

Tips & Tricks

To find out more about the areas of application of acrylic glass, simply browse through the guides, guides and articles provided by the house journal under "Plexiglas", acrylic glass and in part "Makrolon". Of course, you will discover many areas of application for yourself and produce sophisticated, practical and durable parts made of acrylic glass.

Building material for numerous hobbies

In the private environment, acrylic glass is also an important building material for terrariums, since there are no (also for animals) dangerous exhalations. Acrylic glass is only partially suitable for aquariums (lid), as it absorbs water. But it is an extremely important building material for modding (building computer cases), it is used for showcase private and industrial.

Mirrors and other furniture

Even sophisticated mirrors can be made of acrylic glass. Special mirrors are acrylic glass panels with different semi-transparent colors such as gold, silver, but also blue or red. In addition there are mirrored panels on both sides, which are nevertheless transparent. Under no circumstances should furniture design be forgotten with acrylic glass.

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