Technical Information About Acrylic


Acrylic is used in a wide range of industries due to it’s technical properties. It is commonly used for Pool Fencing council compliance, display cabinets, police riot shields, signage, fish tanks and aircraft windows and much much more..


Acrylic can be formed and molded using heat. It can be cut with either a laser cutter or circular saw equipped with a special blade. Cut edges can be polished using heat, or buffed using a polishing cloth. It can be joined using special adhesives.


Acrylic  is made from Polymethyl Methacrylate, or PMMA. It is shatter resistant and half the density of glass.


Below is a table showing typical technical properties of the Acrylic we use at Gold Coast Acrylic.


Specific gravity 1.19-1.20
Hardness M-100
Water Absorbtion – 24 hours 0.30%
Coefficient of rupture 700kg/cm2
Coefficient of elasticity 2800kg/cm2
Coefficient of rupture 1.5kg/cm2
Coefficient of elasticity 2800kg/cm2
Transmission of Light
Transmission(parallel rays) 92%
Transmission(full rays) 93%
Heat distortion temperature 100℃
Coefficient of linear expansion 6*10-5cm/cm℃
Temperature of continuous operation 80℃
Thermoforming Temperature range 140-180℃
Insulating strength 20kv/mm