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Define Acrylic Plastic

Define Acrylic Plastic

Injection molded acrylic is manufactured by injecting acrylic or polymethyl methacrylate material into a mold.

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Clear plastic is one of the most common materials used in manufacturing. Designers and manufacturers frequently choose these transparent polymers as an alternative when traditional glass is too heavy or will break too easily. It is important to note, however, that there are all kinds of different clear plastics and each type has its advantages.


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.


At A Glance: Cost & Durability Comparison

MaterialClarityStrengthRelief MarksScratchingCost
Injection Molded PlasticSlight yellowing with prolonged sunlight exposure; blue haze when removed from moldLowYesScratches quite easily$
PolycarbonateSlight yellowing with prolonged sunlight exposureHighYesScratches easily$$$$
Injection Molded AcrylicNo yellowing; some blue haze when removed from moldMediumYesLimited scratching; usually can be buffed out$$
Hand-Crafted AcrylicExtremely clear; no yellowing or blue hazeMediumNoLimited scratching; usually can be buffed out$$$

It is an excellent glazing, signage, window or display material that is unaffected by moisture, and offers a high strength-to-weight ratio. Acrylic offers high light transmittance and can be easily heat-formed without loss of optical clarity. 

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