Acrylic resins are a group of related thermoplastic or thermosetting plastic substances derived from acrylic acid, methacrylic acid or other related compounds. Polymethyl acrylate is an acrylic resin used in an emulsed form for lacquer, textile finishes, adhesives and, mixed with clay, to gloss paper. Another acrylic resin is Polymethyl methacrylate which is used to make hard plastics with various light transmitting properties.
What is acrylic resin?
The chemical name for the resin produced from the Methyl methacrylate monomer (MMA) is Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). MMA is a transparent and colorless fluid substance. One of the main characteristic features of PMMA is its high transparency. With its high weather resistance, it does not easily turn yellow or crumble by sunlight. Polymethyl methacrylate are used not only for transparent windows in aquariums but also for various items such as signboards in places like convenience stores, taillights of automobiles, cell phone display screens, backlight optical waveguides for liquid crystal displays (LCD) and so on.
- ↑ acrylic resin definition, TheFreeDictionary quoting The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
- ↑ Methyl Methacrylate epa.gov, 2000, 'a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid that is soluble in warm water'
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