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Acrylic is an optically transparent thermoplastic material unaffected by moisture and offers a high strength-to-weight ratio. An economical general purpose material, acrylic can be easily heat-formed without loss of optical clarity. Acrylic is used in a wide variety of applications because it can be easily cemented, welded, thermoformed and machined. This makes it an extremely versatile material suitable for a wide range of applications. Compared to all other types of transparent thermoplastics, acrylic has outstanding resistance to the damaging effects of sunlight and outdoor weathering. Most commercial acrylics have been UV stabilized for good weatherability and resistance to prolonged sunlight exposure. This material is also FDA approved.

Extruded acrylic provides the most uniformity in thickness and is also the most economical. Production advancements have made it possible for materials of up to one inch in thickness without noticeable die lines which in the past have been a barrier for this material. The downside is that they are also the softest in the acrylic family. Extruded sheet acrylic is offered in a growing number of colors, finishes, and thicknesses which should satisfy most acrylic applications.

Brand Names

Acri-Pane, Acri-Tuf, Acrylic DR, Acrylic SDP, Acrylite® FF, Acrylloy™, Acrypane, Acry-Pact, Deglas®, Deglas® SDP, Ex-Cel AES, Excelon ACR, Extru-Lite, Flex-O-Crylic®, Flex-o-Graze, Gardglas™, Homalite™, Lucite® , Lucite® CP, Lucite® MYST, Lucite® TUF, Optix® FG, Optix® Frost, Perma Glaze, Perspex™, Perspex™ CP, Perspex™ FG, Perspex™ Frost, Perspex™ Pearlescent, Plexiglas® MC, Plexiglas® Q, Plexiglas® SG, Plexiglas® SG PLUS, Plexiglas® T, Rotuba-Glaz, Safe-T-Vue, Solatuf™, Suncrylic®, Tecacryl™, Temper Elite, Thermoclear-ACR, DP-30, DP-32, Lumasite®, Fluoromir, Mirroplast™, Reflections™, Replex, Exalon

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Technical Information

Stock Products Properties Applications Advantages Grades

Stock Products

Sheet 1/16″ – 1″ TH Clear, Colors
Tube 1/4″ – 6″ OD Clear

Give us your cut-to-size dimensions. We will precision-cut these plastics to your exact size. Additional sizes and colors available upon request.


Physical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Density lb/in3 D792 0.043
Water Absorption. 24 hrs % D570 0.3
Mechanical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Tensile Strength @yield psi D638 8.000 – 11.000
Tensile Modulus psi D638 350.000 – 500.000
Tensile Elongation @Break % D638 2
Flexural Strength psi D790 12.000 – 17.000
Flexural Modulus psi 400000 350.000 – 500.000
Compressive Strength psi D695 11.000 – 19.000
Hardness. Rockwell R D785 M80 – M100
IZOD Impact Strength Notched ft-lb/in D256 0.3
Thermal PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion (x 10-5 in./in./°F) D256 5 – 9
Heat Deflection Temp at 264 psi °F 150 – 65
Melting Temperature °F D3418 265 – 130
Max Operating Temp °F 150 – 65
Thermal Conductivity BTU-in/ft2-hr-°F C177 3.9
Electrical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Dielectric Strength V/mil D149 400
Dielectric Constant D150 4
Dissipation Factor @ 60 Hz D150 0.05
Optical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
3mm Transparent Clear Transmittance. Total (%) % D1003 92
Refractive Index % D542 1.48 – 1.50
NOTE: The property values presented above are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should NOT be used as a basis for design specifications or quality control. Contact us for manufacturers’ complete material property datasheets. All values at 73°F (23°C) unless otherwise noted.


  • Glazing, skylights
  • Aquariums
  • Lenses and lighting fixtures
  • Housings
  • Signage
  • Point of purchase displays


  • Excellent impact resistance
  • Good machinability
  • Excellent aesthetic qualities
  • Optically clear
  • Good strength and stiffness
  • Low cost
  • Lightweight: half the weight of glass and 43% the weight of aluminum
  • Weather resistant
  • Greater safety than annealed glass


  • Cell Cast
  • Continuous Cast
  • Extruded
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