Acrylic comes in two varieties: extruded and cast in shaping. While they may look identical, there are variation between them in physical performances and you may choose one over the other based on your fabrication plans.
Extruded acrylic has a lower melting temperature than cast acrylic, which makes it ideal for vector cutting on a laser cutter. This same property, however, makes it less ideal than cast acrylic if you are milling or drilling it.
When laser engraving, cast acrylic is preferred, as the resulting engraving will be a frosty white color that contrasts against the rest of the acrylic. Laser engraving extruded acrylic will result in a clear engraving that doesn’t contrast as well.
The acrylic board material is in large dimension like 1220*2440mm. When we manufacture the acrylic material into products, we need to cut the large board into small pieces by using different machines or even handcut. For the products that require high precision, we need to use laser cutting machine or even CNC cutting machine. For those products which don't require high precision we cut the boards by table saw.
Acrylic is typically glued using solvent-based glues. Unlike many other gluing processes, acrylic glue softens the surfaces of the acrylic and welds them together, chemically bonding the two pieces into one. Make sure the conjunction positions are clean and smooth before gluing.
To glue acrylic with solvent glue, typically a squeeze-bottle applicator with a needle tip is used. Put the acrylic on the edge where you want it, and place the needle of the glue-filled applicator where the two pieces meet. Lightly squeeze the applicator while pulling it toward you. Capillary action will draw the glue into the joint. Hold the pieces in place for several minutes (a jig with clamps works great for this), and then allow the glue to set for 10–15 minutes before moving it. After 24–48 hours, the joint will cure to full strength.
This is one of the most common hot bending methods in acrylic products. Place the portion of the acrylic that is to be hot-bent on the heated linear heating rod. Slowly heat the heating rod to soften the area where the acrylic is to be bent and then bend it to any angle you want.
It is worth noting that in the process of hot bending, we must pay attention to control the temperature of the heating rod, cannot quickly rise or decrease, otherwise, it will cause acrylic hot bending part of the pockmarks, bubbles and other problems.
Acrylic products need to be fitted with accessories that acrylic board needs to be perforated and installed screws. Acrylic plate is not easy to drill, first we need to determine the requirements for drilling, such as the position, size, and shape of the hole, diameter of the hole and then use some professional tools to drilling, such as portable drill machine, bench drill, and CNC machine.
Edge Polishing provides a smooth, translucent to clear finish to plastic products of all sizes and specifications. There are several forms of edge polishing. We offer different styles to suit the specific requirements of your project.
Diamond edge polishing is the method of choice for achieving a perfectly smooth edge on straight or sloping surfaces. Diamond Edge Polishing is suitable for acrylic materials up to 2100mm in length. We can handle large orders as well as small volume Diamond Edge Polishing projects.
Many Customers have requests to put their logo or writing designs on acrylic products. We are capable of providing different printing options. For products used in outdoors like bird feeder, we will suggest laser printing on the material and the logo will not fade in outdoors. For colorful printing more than 3 colors, we normally suggest UV printing for customers to save labor cost. For mono color or 2 colors printing content, we will suggest customers to choose silk printing.