Why acrylic glass?
If Applymage has chosen acrylic glass as the principal material used in their creations, it is for a good reason:

• This material is versatile enough to withstand a great number of transformations in order to respond to the various needs - that is, when the different technical processes used are properly mastered
• It is available in different degrees of quality, forms, dimensions, colours, widths and other varied aspects

• The material is 100% recyclable, which is of great importance for our environment
• When handled correctly, it can be both noble and discreet as well as valorising and unusual
• It can easily and effectively be used in combination with other materials, notably wood, steel and aluminium, all of which can be found in our products
• Through our extensive experience of its very technical and precise use in the surgical world, the next logical step was to implement it in the field of decoration
• Objects made from high quality acrylic glass blend in perfectly with different settings, adding that special something to create the desired atmosphere, and thus sublimating each of them
• The surprise factor constantly created by the subtlety of its reflects cannot go unnoticed
• As lovers of colour, it was only natural that we choose a material with transparency greater than that of mineral glass; we can also draw upon the numerous dyes used in mass colouring
• Its eternal appeal truly makes it timeless, leading trends from one era into another


Technical characteristics of acrylic glass
Before mentioning its main characteristics, it should be noted that acrylic glass's technical name is "polymethylmethacrylate", hence the abbreviation "pmma" often used when referring to this material.

It is sold under numerous brands, of which the best known include Altuglas®, Plexiglas® ("Altuglas International"), Lucite® and Perspex® ("Mitsubishi Rayon") and Satinglas® and Setacryl® (Madreperla®).

The quality greatly depends on the different fabrication techniques used, which again depend on which type of acrylic glass you want to obtain: cast or extruded.
Whether you choose to make one or the other depends on the design brief of your projects and their future use.

In both cases, the main characteristics of acrylic glass include the following:

• its very high transparency and light transmission, superior to that of mineral glass, giving it exceptional optical properties

• its very smooth surface, which makes maintenance easy
• its excellent resistance to atmospheric agents such as ultra-violet rays
• its excellent resilience
• its abrasion and scratch resistance
• its lightness (1.2 kg/m2), significantly less than that of mineral glass, which is almost as heavy as concrete (2.5 kg/m2)
• its modulus of elasticity, around 3300 N/mm2, offering numerous transformation possibilities
• its very long shelf life, increased even more through recent technological innovation

 


Simple recommendations for acrylic glass maintenance
In order to keep it looking as beautiful as the day you got it, acrylic glass only needs a bare minimum of proper maintenance.

Acrylic glass needs to be cleaned with a soft, damp cotton or synthetic microfiber cloth. It can either be:
- moistened with cold or lukewarm water with a small quantity of solvent-free household detergent added,
- or used with an antistatic cleaner such as "Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner" from Johnson® or "Acrylic Care" from Yachticon®.
It is preferable to clean it in a circular movement, finishing off with a damp shammy, lightly wiping it without rubbing.

If its use is food related, wash the object in soapy water and dry using a soft, dry cloth.

To remove possible scratches, use a cloth dampened with a self-shine polish such as Abel® polish used for cars until the scratches disappear, then clean it following the recommendations listed above.
In case of very deep scratches, apply a special acrylic glass polishing paste using a very soft cloth (suedine, cotton wool, ...) or either manually or with a suitable machine.

Do not ever:

• "dry clean"; dry rubbing can cause dust particles to scratch the surface.
• use products with a high alcohol content or solvents (trichloroethylene, benzene,...)

 


A few words on Applymage®'s technical partnerships
Applymage® has chosen to work and collaborate with certain expert suppliers and subcontractors in the same domain favouring open partnerships; it is thus possible to combine our different savoir-faire and experiences, and together design and develop increasingly sophisticated products.

Most of our partners are situated in the Rhône-Alpes region; apart from the local talent available, transport of the materials and travel are limited, which makes the whole approach more eco-friendly.

This is exactly what allows Applymage® to offer one-off, tailor-made pieces, also available in small or medium-run series.

Finally, always taking the environment into consideration, Applymage® is committed to recycling or having recycled all of our material waste and also using recyclable and/or recycled packaging.