Discoveries that led directly to the development of acrylic plastic go back to 1843 when acrylic acid was first created. Nearly 100 years later, in 1933, the trade name “plexiglass” was patented by German chemist Otto Rohm. In the modern era it is manufactured by a large number of firms, each typically with their own production process and unique formula.
Acrylic, like other plastics, starts with the distillation of hydrocarbon fuels into lighter groups called “fractions” some of which are combined with other catalysts to produce plastics (typically via polymerization).
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