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Description

Synthetic* Plastics are chemically produced from oil and a wide, possibly infinite, variety is possible, but they all fit into one of two groupings:


*Note: Several natural materials may also be classified as Plastics. These include: Cellulose, Horn, Amber, and Shellac.


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Plastics are formed by long chains of carbon based molecules, or Polymers, strongly bonded to each other. The Polymer Chains are either joined to each other with weak van der Vaals Forces to create Thermoplastics or much stronger Cross-Linking which results in Thermosets.


*Note: A really expert guide on Polyethylene (and indeed professional data on most Plastics) can be found at What is Polyethylene (PE) plastic?. It is a commercial website offered to us at DT Online by Palmer Holland, a US-based speciality chemical distributor.


Safety Point!

  • Heating plastics may generate fumes so always ensure good ventilation or extraction and avoid inhalation.
  • Always use a separate plastics oven and do no use it afterwards for heating food.
  • Plastics such as ‘Perspex’ are very Brittle materials so wear eye protection when cutting and shaping them.
  • Wear gloves when handling hot plastics


DT Online Buyers' Guide
Colour Perspex Acrylic Sheet Plastic Material Panel Cut to Size A5, A4, A3 - 3mm Thick (Gloss Black, A3)  A4 Size Clear Acrylic Perspex Sheet / Panel 297mm x 210mm in 2mm 3mm 4mm 5mm 6mm 8mm 10mm - Free Shipping (3mm Thick) Matt Black Plasticard Multi Pack 1 A3+ sheet of each thickness 0.5mm, 0.75mm, 1mm, 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm & 3mm Sheet size approx 455mm x 330mm A4 Acrylic Mirror Mirrored ACRYLIC PERSPEX PLEXIGLAS PLASTIC Sheet A4 Tube Perspex 50/44 mm Acrylic Clear Hollow Tube Long 500 mm (0,5 meter) colorless Perspex Round Ø 20 mm Long 1000 mm Acrylic Rod clear colorless Perspex Square Bars 10 x 10 mm Long 500 mm Acrylic Bar polished colorless 3 in One Professional Silicone Lubricant - 400 ml TENSOL 12 Acrylic Adhesive, 50ml Bottle / Perspex Bonding Glue Cement Quest Mini Oven, 9 Litre, Black Draper 14428 230V Variable Heat Hot Air Gun Kit OrangeA Plastic Welding Gun 1500W 220V Hot Air Torch Welder Pistol Soldering Gun with 2 Nozzle Do It Yourself Vacuum Forming for Hobbyist
Colour Perspex Acrylic Sheet A4 Size Clear Acrylic Perspex Sheet Matt Black Plasticard Multi Pack A4 Acrylic Mirror Perspex 50/44 mm Acrylic Clear Hollow Tube x 500 mm Perspex Round Ø 20 mm x 1000 mm Perspex Square Bars 10 x 10 mm x 500 mm 3 in One Professional Silicone Lubricant TENSOL 12 Acrylic Adhesive, 50ml Quest Mini Oven, 9 Litre, Black Draper 14428 230V Variable Heat Hot Air Gun Kit Plastic Welding Gun 1500W 220V Do It Yourself Vacuum Forming for Hobbyist