Polymethyl Methacrylate and its uses

Glass, Windows, Doors, shatterproof, PMMA, Polymethymethacrylate

PMMA, Polymethylmethacrylate, Glass, Windows, doors, shatterproof


A synthetic resin Produced from the polymerization of Methyl Methacrylate. it is more like transparent plastic that is often used as a substitute for glass. being a substitute for glass means that PMMA can be used as replacement budgets for Windows, Skylights illuminated signs and aircraft canopies. for this post, we will focus on PMMA as a replacement for glass doors windows and in general its role in interior design.

About PMMA:

PMMA, an ester of methacrylic acid (CH2=C[CH3]CO2H), belongs to the important acrylic family of resins. In modern production, it is obtained principally from propylene, a compound refined from the lighter fractions of crude oil.  Rowland Hill and John Crawford were British Chemists that discovered PMMA in the Year 1930.

The first major application of the new plastic took place during World War II when PMMA was made into aircraft windows and bubble canopies for gun turrets. Civilian applications followed after the war.

Are PMMA’s Replacing Glass:

The answer to this is Yes, slowly but eventually PMMA’s are gearing up to replace glass, This is as a result of its higher dependency rate when compared to glass. PMMA’s have a wider range of use as well when compared to glass. Automobile industries, Construction and Design Healthcare industries, Cosmetic Industries, Lamps and Lighting, Interior Decor, Electronic Devices, solar devices, all these make use of PMMA’s or have need of PMMA’s In More demand Than Glass.

Advantages of PMMA

PMMA has several advantages over other polymers like polycarbonate (PC) and polystyrene etc. It doesn’t scratch easily or yellow over time. PMMA is used as an alternative to other transparent polymers in situations where extreme strength is not required.

Some of the advantages of PMMA include:


  • Economical

  • Resistance to weathering

  • Various colouring options

  • Tensile strength

  • Easy to process and handle

  • Versatility

  • Biocompatibility

  • UV Stability

  • Durability

  • Transmittance and better optical clarity

  • Recyclable

  • Polishability

  • BPA-free, non-toxic

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Next Time instead of optng for glass for your windows or doors or shutter proof PMMA would be the best option.

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