Perspex is a copyrighted trademark of Lucite International, which manufactures and distributes the world’s most celebrated and successful acrylic sheeting. Manufactured from methyl methacrylate monomer (MMA), Perspex is a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) acrylic sheet with an extensive range of applications.
Acrylic and Perspex are therefore technically the same thing – Perspex being a specific type of Acrylic that’s exclusive to its manufacturer. Manufactured in the UK since 1934, Perspex is widely considered to be the highest quality acrylic available, surpassing all usual industry standards. Perspex sheeting is available in various colours, thicknesses and finishes.
It can also be manipulated and modified in a limitless number of ways, making it suitable for household, commercial and industrial applications alike.
The term ‘Perspex fabrication’ refers to any production process or technique used to modify the appearance or physical properties of Perspex sheets. The unique physical properties of Perspex make it possible to modify the sheets quickly, easily and without causing damage or compromising its durability.
Perspex can be shaped and fabricated using conventional saws, high-tech lasers and other industrial cutting tools. CNC routing is a popular option for Perspex fabrication, which stands for Computer Numerically Controlled routing. CNC routing uses computer hardware and software to carefully and precisely control the cutting process, used in conjunction with CAD/CAM to create the highest-quality results with flawless consistency.
It’s also perfectly possible to fabricate and modify Perspex using manual tools but most major manufacturers use powered and/or automated technology.
The Benefits of Perspex
Perspex has become the ‘gold standard’ material for thousands of manufacturers and product designers worldwide. The highest-quality Perspex acrylic has several major advantages over glass, including its elevated optical clarity. This means that Perspex is significantly clearer than normal glass, in addition to its high UV resistance and general durability.
The primary advantages of Perspex over regular glass include the following:
- Significant overall weight reduction
- Outstanding optical clarity
- Up to 17 times more impact resistant
- Better UV resistance and weather-proof
- High shock, abrasion and flex resistance
- Very low thermal conductivity
- Available in thousands of colours
- Easy to work with and manipulate
Perspex is also considered an environmentally friendly option as the materials in its composition are 100% recyclable. At the end of its usable life, any Perspex product or component can simply be transformed into new Perspex sheeting and put back into circulation.
What is Perspex Used For?
There are limitless potential applications for Perspex and products made with Perspex. However, some of the most popular applications for this unique material include the following:
- Retail displays
- Furniture design
- Signage and lighting
- Interior design
- Greenhouse glazing
- Kitchen splashbacks
- Bathroom features
- Picture frames
- LED diffusers
- Acrylic mirrors
- Windows and doors
Advanced Perspex fabrication techniques can be used to transform Perspex sheeting into almost anything imaginable. Hundreds of manufacturers worldwide produce their own unique acrylic sheets but none are considered quite as versatile, practical or durable as Perspex.