Acrylic Plastic (PMMA)

Acrylic (also known as PMMA or Polymethyl-Methacrylate) is an amorphous thermoplastic.

The material offers a high strength-to-weight ratio, is optically transparent and unaffected by water. Often used as an alternative to glass, it should not be considered for structural applications due to the thermoplastic's poor impact resistance. Trade names for Acrylics include Acrylite®, Lucite® and Plexiglass®.


Typical commercial applications include:

  • UV-resistant, low-water absorption
  • Good insulation properties
  • Good stiffness and abrasion resistance
  • Clear/colourable - clarity is excellent
Chemical Resistance

Whilst acrylics are not recommended for use with chlorinated or aromatic hydrocarbons, ester or ketones, the material is unaffected by aqueous solutions of most detergents, acids, alkalis and laboratory chemicals.


Acrylic (PMMA) finds numerous commercial uses including liquid chemical pumps, water tank liners, master cylinders, dashboard lighting, hard contact lenses and helmet visors.

Scratch Resistance

Acrylic offers improved scratch resistance compared to other engineering plastics, which is beneficial as the product comes in transparent or translucent colours. The thermoplastic finds suitability in both engineering and aesthetics-driven applications.

Stock Range

We stock Acrylic (PMMA) in sheet, rod and tube and specialise in the supply of these materials to the Greater London area.

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Product Summary

Product Acrylic
Type Engineering Plastic
Availability Sheet, rod and tube
Benefits UV-resistant, low-water absorption, good insulation properties, good stiffness and abrasion resistance, clear/colourable - clarity is excellent
Applications Liquid chemical pumps, water tank liners, master cylinders, dashboard lighting, hard contact lenses, helmet visors
Datasheet Acrylic - Technical Datasheet
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