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What is the difference between acrylic and Lucite?


The answer is simpler than you may think.



The key difference between Lucite and acrylic is that the Lucite is the trade name for polymethyl methacrylate whereas Acrylic is the general chemical name of polymethyl methacrylate.


But don't be put off by the complicated words.


What's in a name?

Acrylate polymers are what we call plastics. They have noted transparency, resistance to breakage, elasticity, etc. Therefore, in general, we call them acrylic polymers. The most common type among these polymers is polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). Therefore, we call this polymer as “acrylic” or by its trade name “Lucite”.


What about Plexiglass?

Another trade name. Other well-known trade names are Crylux, Acrylite, and Perspex.

"Acrylic pieces add instant modernization to almost any industry application." – Sarah Edmonds, Harmon Face Values store designer.


Acrylic product applications are endless, but what about my unique design and durability requirements?

At ARC Acrylic. custom designs and specifications are our specialty. The resulting product must then achieve a high standard of seamless joints and shapes that can only be achieved with large scale precision machinery.


Better together.

ARC Acrylic designers are here to help you with you next project. Contact info@arcacrylic.com to get started.

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