Acrylic is a thermoplastic, scientifically known as Polymethyl methacrylate or (PMMA), which is commonly used as a lightweight, shatterproof alternative to glass. The material was first developed in 1928 through multiple laboratories and chemists, derived from acrylic acid, which is poured into moulds that are available in multiple shapes- most frequently in rectangular sheets. It was first brought to the market in 1933 by the Rohm and Haas Company under the name 'Plexiglas'.
PMMA is often simply known as Acrylic, however it is also known under many other trade names such as Acrylite, Lucrite, Optix, Perspex, Crylux, R-cast, Plexiglas, Cyrolite, Sumipex, Oroglas and Altuglas. Majority of these names derive from the transparent and ‘glass-like’ appearance that the material has. Due to this, Acrylic is commonly used for strong displays and sleek designs. In a large majority of acrylic applications, the material will break into large pieces of dull plastic if punctured with enough force, rather than shatter like glass.