Acrylic is a transparent thermoplastic known as polyacrylate and is derived from natural–gas. It is a composition of Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) and Poly Methyl Methacrylate (PMMA) resin. In short, it’s a petroleum-based product, so petroleum solvents and chemicals should always be avoided to prevent marking the surface.
While acrylic is a plastic, not all plastic is acrylic. The term “acrylic” represents a family of petroleum-based thermoplastics made from the derivation of natural gas. Another common name for acrylic is “polyacrylate” which is one of the most common types. This material is made from Methyl Methacrylate (MMA), Poly Methyl Methacrylate, or a combination of both.
There are perfect empirical examples of Acrylic Clear:
1.Injection molded acrylic is manufactured by injecting acrylic or polymethyl methacrylate material into a mold. This transparent thermoplastic makes a great alternative to glass, which is why it is commonly used to manufacture bakery bins, sunglasses, and display risers. Unlike polystyrene, injection molded acrylic can be made without the issues of hazing or coloration. Additionally the material is much stronger and has minimal relief markings when removed from the mold. Injection molding takes less labor than hand-crafting, which results in a lower cost.
2.Hand-crafted acrylic is the most upscale plastic material we use when making our displays. Although hand-crafting the polymer is more time consuming and therefore costs a little more, the difference in quality is astounding. There are virtually no defects as a result of manufacturing, including common problems like relief marks or haze from molds. Unlike injection molding, all joints are bonded by hand using solvent agents that actually “melt” the material together. The result is a crystal clear construction that is extremely strong, which is why our hand-crafted acrylic display cases are so popular.