Acrylic sheets have universal applications: for lightweight constructions in model making or visual displays, in picture frames or glazing as well as for making signs and light boxes.
Acrylic semifinished products do not turn yellow in the sunshine. This makes them perfect for outdoor use. Because acrylic glass is subject to thermal expansion, any fixing or mounting systems must be so designed that the sheets are never under stress.
Acrylic glass is a great light guide or conductor. This attribute makes it an interesting and versatile material for use in lamps and other lighting devices. It should be noted, however, that the material absorbs the light over its surface and radiates it outwards at the edges (the edges are bright when seen from the side). The lighted surface should therefore never be masked or covered. Milled cuts will also emit the light when a sheet is backlit. You should be careful when choosing a lighting medium, keeping in mind that the maximum allowable temperature for acrylic glass is between 70 and 80 °.
We are often asked what the difference is between Plexiglas and acrylic glass: it has been our experience that the product with the trademark name Plexiglas, which is produced by the Degussa company, is of the same quality as the acrylic glass produced by other west European companies.
Treatment: Acrylic glass sheets should be sawn. In order to keep the cut edges as clean and transparent as possible, it is recommended, especially in model making, to add some detergent when sawing. Highly glazed edges can be attained through sanding and polishing.
Acrylic glass should not be cleaned with glass cleaners like Sidolin because they can corrode or deface it. Warm water with detergent or special plastic cleaners should be used.
The cast PMMA (GS) lends itself to machining much better than the extruded (XT) version. Because of this, we only recommend the use of the extruded material when not very much boring, milling or turning is planned. Choosing the more economically priced acrylic XT makes the most sense when it is to be used for glazing, picture frames, in simple model making and anywhere else where untreated surfaces are to be used. As far as the eye can tell there is no difference in transparency between the two types.
If you wish, we can send you more detailed and useful hints for glazing with acrylic glass sheets. If you wish, we will gladly send you more detailed and useful hints for glazing work with acrylic glass sheets. Acrylic glass XT can be deformed at temperatures between 150 °C und 160 °C.
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