Clear Acrylic or Plexiglass
Acrylic or Plexiglass, is available in Clear, or colors, also available in Sheet Rod or Tube form, Oversize sheets are available to assist in yield optimization
Brief History on Acrylic or Plexiglass
Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), also known as acrylic or acrylic glass is a transparent thermoplastic often used in sheet form as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass. Although not a type of familiar silica-based glass, the substance, like many thermoplastics, is often technically classified as a type of glass hence it’s occasional historic designation as acrylic or Plexiglass The material was developed in 1928 in several different laboratories by many chemists such as William Chalmers, Otto Röhm and Walter Bauer. The first acrylic acid was created in 1843. Methacrylic acid, derived from acrylic acid, was formulated in 1865. The reaction between methacrylic acid and methanol results in the ester methyl methacrylate. In 1877 the German chemist Wilhelm Rudolph Fittig discovered the polymerization process that turns methyl methacrylate into polymethyl methacrylate. Acrylic sheet was commercially produced in 1936 as safety glass. During World War II both Allied and Axis forces used acrylic glass for submarine periscopes and aircraft windshields, canopies, and gun turrets. Airplane pilots whose eyes were damaged by flying shards of PMMA fared much better than those injured by standard glass, demonstrating the much-increased compatibility between human tissue and PMMA as compared to glass. Today acrylics are used in many applications in our daily life such as: signage, glazing, façade, bathtub, barrier, channel letters, trophy, aquarium and much more.
Why Use Acrylic or Plexiglass?
Acrylic or Plexiglass is a lightweight, high Impact, transparent or colored plastic material. It is extremely durable and can be easily shaped for an endless variety of uses. Acrylic or Plexiglass is one of the most commonly used plastic materials. Common applications of this plastic include skylights, non-glass display cases and bullet proof windows. Compared to glass, Acrylic or Plexiglass is lighter and shatter-resistant, but more susceptible to scratching and transmission of UV. Acrylic has the unique ability to carry light around corners.
Who Can Use Acrylic or Plexiglass?
TThis product can be used by either individuals or businesses for a variety of uses, such as replacement windows for your garage door at home, or for displays for products in stores. The tough glass-like material used as windows to see into shark tanks at aquariums is often made of Acrylic or Plexiglass, just to show another use for it. There are several material options available as an alternative to glass for this application, however Acrylic or Plexiglass has proven to be superior in meeting the specifications at nearly half the price of other materials.
Our Product | What We Do
In our 7000 sq. ft. machining facility in Brampton, we have Acrylic or Plexiglass plastics in stock, where we machine, drill, bend, and create speciality finished products to suit an Individual or Businesses required product. From 1 to 1000 parts we can replicate it to exacting tolerances, time and time again.
Custom Acrylic or Plexiglass for Weddings or Events;
WWe can create a wide variety of items related to and for use in Weddings or Special Events, such as:
- Flower stands
- Photo backdrops
- Cake toppers
- Cake stands
- Money boxes
- Table numbers
- Stir Sticks
- Seating Charts
Custom Acrylic or Plexiglass for Retail use;
Custom units for:
- Product displays
- Product dispenser
- Counter Talkers
- Brochure Holders
- Menu Holders
- Table protectors
- Custom Covid Protection Barriers for Retail Counters & Cashiers personnel
- We also offer Signage
Custom Acrylic or Plexiglass for Home or Cottage use;
Acrylics or Plexiglass has many uses:
- Patio Table tops
- Replacement for Garage windows
- Curio cabinets
- Custom displays for collectables
- Table covers to prevent scratching
Acrylic or Plexiglass offers up to 25x the impact strength of float glass, if broken though, it will not shatter and be as dangerous as broken glass.
Acrylic or Plexiglass comes UV protected from the Manufacturer, and will give you upwards of 10 years of service without yellowing or breaking down prematurely.
Acrylic or Plexiglass's biggest benefit is the Clarity & weight comparison to that of regular glass:
- 99.9% Optical Clarity
- 50% half the weight of glass
WHY US | WHY DEAL WITH US
With over 33 years Experience in the Polycarbonate Acrylic and Plastics Industry serving customers across Canada and USA, you can rest assured our trained in house staff are here to assist you in every facet of your requirements;
- Material Selection vs application
- Yield calculation
- Competitive pricing
- Samples or Prototypes
- Product realization
- Lastly, On time Delivery
- Quickest Cut to size Service while you wait available “In the Industry!”
To you our client, to deliver a quality Acrylic or Plexiglass products time and time again at a reasonable cost.
Attention to Detail
We take pride in the work we do, and the Acrylic or Plexiglass products we produce, if we cannot display it on our counter, it does not get delivered to you.
Full Service Acrylics & Plastics Fabrication Facility
We upgrade our machinery and software diligently to be assured we are using Industry leading cutting edge tools & Machinery to work on our Polycarbonates, we have:
- Two in house CNC routers ( one with a dual head )
- Two in house Laser engravers ( one with a 5’ wide bed )
- 4 line 4’ Bender ( Automated )( capable of bending up to ¾” material )
- 4 line 4’ Bender ( Manual ) ( capable of bending up to ¾” material )
- 2 Line 8’ Bender
- In house Foil Hot Stamping services
- In house Vinyl Graphics printing & application
Come visit our Design & Retail Showroom Center located in Brampton, Ont, where you can browse and see some of our products, also see our quality in workmanship first hand. Our in house staff offer the benefits of our 33 years of hands on experience, which has enabled us to become well known and respected within the Plastics Industry. Come by and visit with Wayman "Ray" Harten and his team today. Their handshake will put you at ease, Their smile will tell you that you have come to the right place, you will then realize why the customers of Acrylics By Design Inc. return time and time again .
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can we Use Acrylic or Plexiglass outside?
Absolutely, it is UV stable and will look beautiful for years to come in outdoor applications on your patio or around your home or cottage.
Will Acrylic or Plexiglass break easily ?
Simply, no, It will stand up to most everyday applications and uses with no fear of breaking in comparison to glass under normal conditions.
How do we clean or care for our Acrylic or Plexiglass?
When placing your order with our team, be sure to ask for cleaning instructions, they will be more than happy to supply the detailed cleaning information sheet to you with your purchase!
How long will it take for our Acrylic or Plexiglass project to be completed?
We offer “cut to size” service while you wait on all of Polycarbonate or Lexan products, though Custom Shapes, Designs or fabricated parts will take a little longer, and will be based on our current shop schedule at that time, though it is our priority to always turn a round a project as quick as possible.
What if our Acrylic or Plexiglass is damaged or scratched at time of pick up?
It will not not be! We inspect and double check every Item we manufacture or cut to size in house prior to giving to our clients, we also encourage them to double check as well before leaving our facility to ensure the highest quality product is delivered. We will re-cut and or replace any item that does not guarantee their level of satisfaction.
Do you offer a delivery service for your Acrylic or Plexiglass products?
Absolutely! We bubble wrap and carefully package every item, and also have trained soft gloved couriers who have been with us for years who have the Expertise & Knowledge to deliver all of our custom products without incident, sameday Locally and across the GTA. Delivery Prices will be quoted at time of ordering with our trained inside Sale team.
Do you offer Colors or Mirror options in your Acrylic or Plexiglass?
Thought you would never ask! Yes we carry a selection of colors in Opaque Polycarbonate or Lexan sheets. Our selection of clear Polycarbonate mirror is second to none in the Industry, and we also offer cut to size, design or shape with all these products.