The History of Plexiglass

Plexiglas is the common name for a transparent material used all around the world. Common in vehicles and buildings, the material has an interesting history. Its use dates back to the 19th century and development of new variations continues today.


The History of Plexiglass

Plexiglas is a trade name for "Polymethyl methacrylate." It is not glass at all, but actually transparent plastic.

First Invention

The material was first created in 1843. Several different chemists experimented with it during the late 1800s.

New Name

The name "PLEXIGLAS" was created in 1933 by German scientist Otto Rohm. This new variation quickly proved to be very reliable.

War Use

Plexiglas was used on a large scale during World War II. It quickly found its way into bomber cockpits, gun turrets and submarine periscopes.

Uses Today

Plexiglas is now used around the world. It can be used in place of glass, and is used in everything from airplanes to automobiles.

About the Author

Benjamin Aries has been involved in digital media for much of his life and began writing professionally in 2009. He has lived in several different states and countries, and currently writes while exploring different parts of the world. Aries specializes in technical subjects. He attended Florida State University.