Synthetic Ice synthetic ice – the panel or panels of synthetic material based on polyolefin used for skating, hockey, curling, etc. Synthetic surface simulates a natural or artificial ice rink. Boy Scouts of America has much to offer in this field. (Photo: A synthetic ice rink – Christmas in Mexico) sheet of synthetic ice rink panels are made from a polymer material with low friction, high mileage used polymer material containing lubricating components released during sliding. For riding on a synthetic ice used conventional skates with metal blades, such as for driving on wet ice. Usually synthetic ice rink consists of a sheet of panels joined together by tie-bars back to back or with cuts such as "swallow tails", "Saw", etc. Synthetic sheet panels rink assembled and installed on strong, as flat and smooth surface – it could be soil, asphalt, concrete foundation, wood floor, tile, metal or wooden platform, etc. Synthetic ice is also called artificial, which causes ambiguity and confusion as the name of "artificial ice rink" is usually used for ice, created using refrigeration freezing water on the surface of the rink. As an alternative history of the compactor natural ice from the frozen water, a synthetic ice rink of the polymer has been used for over 40 years. For the first time the use of modern plastics as a substitute for surface ice and used for skating, it was tested in 1960 using material based on polyformaldehyde (POM) plastic developed by DuPont in the early 1950's. Features of the use of synthetic panels offer today some manufacturers, synthetic panels for ice rinks are made from traditional polymers, known from 1960.