History Of Plexiglass
Oct 16, 2018

In 1927, a chemist from a German company heated the acrylate between two glass plates, and the acrylate polymerized to form a viscous rubber-like interlayer that could be used as a safety glass for breaking. When they polymerized methyl methacrylate in the same manner, a plexiglass plate having excellent transparency and other properties was obtained, which was polymethyl methacrylate.

In 1931, the German company built a plant to produce polymethyl methacrylate, which was first used in the aircraft industry, replacing celluloid plastics for aircraft canopies and windshields.

If various dyes are added during the production of plexiglass, they can be polymerized into colored plexiglass; if a fluorescer (such as zinc sulphide) is added, they can be polymerized into fluorescent plexiglass; if artificial pearl powder (such as basic lead carbonate) is added , pearlescent plexiglass can be obtained.

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