Advanced Plastiform, Inc. is proud to supply our customers with the very best custom plastic products that use top quality materials, such as acrylic. Acrylic is a popular custom plastic material made from acrylic acid. It’s is ideal for thermoforming due to how well it bonds and how easy it is to fabricate.
What is Thermoforming Acrylic?
Acrylic acid is used to create acrylic resins that are used in a variety of different products, from paint, lacquer, glue, and paper gloss to shatter-resistant alternatives to glass and is also used as a thermoplastic polymer for thermoforming. Acrylic is versatile because it’s naturally transparent, which is why it can be used as a substitute for glass.
Acrylic is a Great Alternative to Glass
Acrylic about half the weight of glass but much more impact resistant — acrylic is 10 times more impact resistant than glass. With a variety of acrylic polymer grades available during the extrusion and injection molding manufacturing processes, acrylic thermoplastic products can achieve most any finish that your product will require: acrylic can be transparent, translucent opaque, or mirrored. Additionally, special acrylic polymers are available that offer heat resistance, impact resistance, and opacity.
Acrylic can be heated to temperatures necessary for thermoforming while maintaining desired strength and cosmetic aesthetic. The acrylic used in thermoforming can be extruded with a variety of tinted colors allowing the final product to have a translucent characteristic. During extrusion, various coatings can be applied to the acrylic sheet, offering finished specifications such as:
- Scratch Resistance
- Anti-Fogging Properties
- Reduced Glare
- Ultraviolet Light Filtering
Why Choose Acrylic as Your Preferred Thermoplastic Offering and Glass Substitute
Acrylic is a versatile thermoplastic that has many uses as a replacement for glass. Shatter resistant, it’s also quite strong, resilient, and durable. Acrylic is great for many different climates and environments, no matter if it’s snow or heat, making it resistant to sun and weather. It’s a pliable but durable thermoplastic, which makes it adaptable to many uses and applications. You can make your product more affordable to produce, easier to produce, and longer lasting just by replacing your product’s glass parts with acrylic.