Types of Acrylic

You've probably heard a number of trade names for acrylic plastic. Whether you're talking about plexiglas or Lucite, the underlying product is ultimately the same. As one of the most common thermoplastics, acrylic is widespread today as a durable alternative to glass. Let's spend some time exploring the differences between acrylic and other plastics, and acrylic across its myriad trade names!

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Plastic vs Acrylic

In fact, acrylic is a derivative of plastic, which otherwise encompasses a broader range of synthetic and semi-synthetic materials. By utilizing a variety of additives, the resulting polymers come out in different forms. Some of these plastics might be weak and brittle, but are ideal for recycling, while other polymers lead to stronger, more durable plastics like acrylic.

Plastics can be divided into two groups: thermoplastics and thermosetting polymers. Thermoplastics can be melted down after use, reformed, and reused. Acrylic is one of the most common thermoplastics. Thermosetting polymers, however, cannot be melted down and reused once they're formed.

Types of Acrylic

Acrylic comes under the guise of numerous brands. Much like Kleenex is the household name for tissues, acrylic is used interchangeably with names like Plexiglas. However, most of these household products offer the same version of acrylic plastic. Here are some of the most common trade names for acrylic:

  • Plexiglas
  • Lucite
  • Perspex
  • Polycast
  • Acrylite

While the underlying product is the same across these brands, they do offer variation in the applications they offer. For example, colorless Plexiglas maintains excellent optical properties, but can also be easily be colored in any way you could imagine.

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