[Lucite International] A registered trademark for a series clear molded plastics. First sold in the 1930s, DuPont originally used the name Lucite® was used for all its polymeric esters (methyl, ethyl, and butyl) of methacrylic acid. Now, only the transparent, thermoplastic polymethyl methacrylate molded sheets are called Lucite® while the other resins and solutions are sold under the trademark of Elvacite®. Solid glasslike sheets of Lucite® have been used in modern sculpture and interior construction. They can be cast, extruded, machined as well as shaped by heating. Lucite® resins have been used in a series of house paints manufactured by PPG and sold under the brand name of Lucite®.
Former Lucite tradenames mentioned in the literature include:
- Lucite® 44: former trademark for Elvacite® 44
- Lucite® SAR 1103 and 11.4: transparent, slightly yellow acrylic sheets that filters ultraviolet light.
Current Tradenames sold after the merger of Lucite International and Mitsubishi Chemical include:
- Diakon®: a polymethylmethacrylate thermoplastic with excellent UV and weathering resistance
- Elvakon®: a polymethylmethacrylate that can be co-extruded with other polymers
Synonyms and Related Terms
polymethylmethacrylate; PMMA; polimetil metacrilato (It.)
Similar Products: Acrylite [Evonik]; Perspex [Perspex]; Altuglas [Arkema]; Astariglas [Astari]; Plexiglas [Evonik]; Optix [Plaskolite]
Resources and Citations
- Mitsubishi Chemical Group: Lucite acrylic resin
- Lucite International: Diakon