Acrylic goes under many names, including as PMMA, Plexiglass, Lucite, Acrylic Glass or Acrylite. It has many of the properties of glass, but is exceptionally clear and lightweight. This transparent polymer is created when a chemical reaction occurs between a monomer and a catalyst.
Acrylic plastic represents a family of petroleum-based thermoplastics made from natural gas. It should be noted that acrylic is plastic; however, not all plastic is acrylic—plastic is a generic term for a large family of synthetic or semi-synthetic materials. Acrylic is also known as a polyacrylate and marketed under a few brand names with Plexiglas being the most well-known brand.