Acrylic Overview

Acrylic is a transparent thermoplastic often used as a shatter-proof alternative to glass. Acrylic is also know by the chemical name poly (methyl methacrylate). There are two basic types of acrylic: cast and extruded. Cast acrylic is made by casting the poly (methyl methacrylate) resin into a mold or onto a moving steel belt to form sheets. Cast acrylic is ideal for laser engraving because it creates a frosted surface. Common trade names for cast acrylic are Lucite, Acrylite, ShinkoliteA and Hesa-Glas. Extruded acrylic is made by forcing the poly(methyl methacrylate) resin between a set of steel dies to form a continuous sheet, which is then cut into individual sheets. Extruded acrylic is ideal for laser cutting because it forms a flame polished edge during the laser cutting process. Common trade names for extruded acrylic are Deglas, Homalite, OptixFG and Solatuf.

Applicable Laser Processes for Acrylic

Laser Cutting
Laser Marking
Laser Engraving

Laser Processing Examples of Acrylic

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