Some materials deserve to be put on a pedestal, and we happen to think that ASTARIGLAS® Cast Acrylic Sheeting is one of them. This versatile, functional and high-performing cast acrylic sheet is used in a whole range of applications and products, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to tell you a bit about this wonder material and just why we think it’s so superb…
ASTARIGLAS® Cast Acrylic Sheet is a consistent, high quality durable plastic sheeting that’s made from 100% virgin MMA (Methyl Methacrylate Monomer). Since it was first invented back in 1877 by German chemist, Wilhelm Rudolph Fitig, there has been a steady development of acrylic from concept to commercial products. ASTARIGLAS® is a brand name of Astari which has been producing premium grade cast acrylic sheets since 1980. It has an enviable reputation as being one of the highest-quality acrylics on the market, and we happen to think that reputation is entirely deserved.
Acrylic sheeting is manufactured in two common processes: Cast or extruded. Cast acrylic sheet is produced through the polymerization of MMA using two sheets of high-precision specialty glass as the casting frames. Extruded acrylic sheet is made in a continuous extrusion process by feeding PMMA resin into the extrusion machine.
ASTARIGLAS® Cast Acrylic Sheet has better properties compared to extruded sheet.
Why Use It?
There are plenty of reasons to use this material in manufacturing, with just a few benefits of ASTARIGLAS® being:
1. Exceptional light transmission with virtually no colour bias
Even in thick blocks, ASTARIGLAS® Crystal Clear transmits 92% of all visible light;No other product offers better light transmission – not even glass.
2. Excellent chemical & craze resistance.
ASTARIGLAS® Cast Acrylic sheet has 3-4 times higher molecular weight compared to extruded, hence the sheet has better chemical and craze resistance.
3. Excellent resistance to outdoor weathering.
A ten-year weathering guarantee is offered on the outdoor performance of the standard ASTARIGLAS® sheet. No significant change in visual appearance or physical performance will take place during ten years outdoors.
4. Continuous service temperature.
The continuous service temperature of ASTARIGLAS® Cast Acrylic Sheet is 85°C. This will enable it to retain its mechanical properties (tensile & impact strength, dimensional stability, etc.) in very hot conditions.
ASTARIGLAS® is half the weight of an equivalent glass panel and is more easily transported, installed and supported.
6. Easy to clean.
The high gloss surface of ASTARIGLAS® makes it easy to clean, keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.
- Eco friendly – ASTARIGLAS® is 100% recyclable
- Our ASTARIGLAS® acrylics are available in an extensive range of standard colours & finishes to suit different applications, and the colour won’t fade either
- We Offer Competitive Pricing compared to other similar brands
- Highly versatile – can be moulded to suit individual requirements
- Easy to fabricate with excellent technical properties
- Resilient – shatter-proof, flex and abrasion-resistant and can withstand rough handling
- High tensile strength and rigidity.
But What Can You Use It For?
But, best of all, the applications of ASTARIGLAS® are incredibly far-ranging. Here are just a few things it can be used for:
- Safety Screening
- Shop fittings
- Retail displays
- Architecture & Engineering Components
- Light fittings
- and many other industrial parts
Our team will assist you in the choice of the most suitable ASTARIGLAS® Cast Acrylic sheet product for each project and explain the forming and fabrication capabilities. Cut to Size Service Offered! email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote or shop online here: Eco Signage Supplies – ASTARIGLAS®
ASTARIGLAS® GP Cast Acrylic Datasheet: Click here to download the Technical Datasheet
WORKING WITH ASTARIGLAS® Click here to download the Fabrication Technique Guide
CLEANING AND DISINFECTING ASTARIGLAS® Click here to download Cleaning Guide