1. Definition of Acrylic
An acrylic sheet is a decorative surface used for furnishing purposes. This is a plastic sheet derived from refined petroleum material whose siencetific name is PMMA (Polymethyl Methacrylate). Acrylic can be pressed on wood based panel for interior application.
2. History and development
This material was developed in 1982 in labotories by chemistricians: William Chalmer, Otto Rohm and Walter Bauer. In 1933, Acrylic emerged in wood-based panels market by Rohm and Haas Company under the brandname Plexiglas.
3. Physical characteristics and features
The acrylic panel is translucent, hard and elastic.
Specific weight: 1,18 g/cm3.
A 3mm-thick acrylic enables 98% normal light goes through.
Acrylic’s melting temperature is 160 degree C (about 4330 degree K; 3200 degree F).
– Acrylic has gloss and modern surface with diversified colors
– Hard to deform under physical agents
– Lightweight, easy to apply in furniture making
– Due to its plasticity, acrylic is easy to cut, bend, press …
– Compared to other materials, the price of acrylic is relatively high
– The surface can be scratched with strong impact
– Processing machine for acrylic sheet needs high accuracy
– Uncoordinated with classical designs
In the furniture industry, Acrylic is often applied on the surface of other materials such as MDF or HDF panels for use in the manufacture of furniture such as beds, cabinets, wardrobes, TV racks, doors, etc.