Acrylic as you know has a vast array of uses but did you know how acrylic first came to be? Here we will give you an insight into what we know best – ACRYLIC & we will also include some tips and facts that you may not know!
Acrylic or Polymathic Methacrylate – PMMA and is often referred to as it’s trade names such as Perspex, Lucite, Acrylite & Plexiglass amongst many more. Acrylic is a transparent thermoplastic often used in sheet form in many cases as a lightweight alternative to glass. Acrylic can also be used as a casting resin, in inks & coatings too.
Polymethyl Methacrylate or Acrylic as it’s more commonly known has been around since 1928 and to this day it is one of the worlds most popular forms of Plastic.
Acrylic is used in many different forms from Furniture to Signage in Shops and Restaurants, Number Plates, Display units & Cases and even Splash-backs in kitchens and bathrooms – the list is endless with the possibilities in Acrylic.
In the 1930’s 2 companies led the development of the Acrylic industry and although both companies were manufacturing the same compound they had different brand names. American Firm ‘DuPont’ named their Acrylic ‘Lucite’ and began selling to the medical industry. ‘Rohm & Haas’ were producing what they call ‘Plexi-Glass’ and this was used for aeroplanes and car manufacturers due to it’s adaptability and shatter resistant properties.
After World War II Acrylic began to get more and more creative particularly in the jewellery industry – new colours & variations in transparency and thickness helped designers create innovative and really different designs – it was often said that customers were ‘like kids in a candy shop’ with the difference in variety. People started to fill their homes with elegant curved furniture which allowed light to filter through hence giving it a modern feel and a look of it not really being there. Designers who created acrylic furniture in the 1960’s did so in an extremely glamorous way- Karl Springer, Vladimir Kagan, Charles Hollis Jones and Gaetano Sciolari were all leaders in Acrylic design and their pieces very much sort after even in todays age! Newer artists such as sculptor Sir Anthony Caro created his last body of work in Perspex after years of refusing to work with it he finally got his hands on some and fell for it’s beauty and adaptability, homeware designer Alexandra Von Furstenberg creates the most amazing pieces often using ‘lit edge’ giving it a fun vibrant feel and how could we not mention Philippe Starck-his ‘Ghost’ chairs are synonymous with the word acrylic and are increasingly popular the world over.
This just goes to show just how versatile Acrylic is. Acrylic can be used in many different applications whether you require a company wide role out of POS displays to furniture producing or perhaps you require off cuts to create a jewellery range-Mardan Products can do it all.
Caring for your Acrylic Products
Mardan Products as a business use tonnes and tonnes of Acrylic each and every year so we’d like to share some tips with you whether you’re a business yourself and you use our bespoke Acrylic POS or if you have Acrylic in your home . To keep it looking it’s very best here are some helpful tips!
- -Using a soft cloth together with a mild detergent or liquid soap and water to gently clean the surface of the acrylic to remove any finger prints, sticky marks or dust.
- -Be careful using a dry cloth especially if it has been used on other products as you don’t want to scratch the surface with other fibres or particles. Often using a dry cloth can create a positive charge causing static.
- -We recommend using a damp chamois leather to wipe down after cleaning as this will prevent the static.
- -If the Acrylic has vinyl applied to the surface you must be very careful not to rub the surface as you do not want to dislodge the vinyl.