CUTTING, DRILLING AND JOINING ACRYLIC
Cutting, Drilling and Joining
Here at AcrylicoDisplays, we cut our acrylic using an industrial Laser-Cutter (1.5mm - 30mm thickness), resulting in sleek and high gloss edges on our products. Acrylic vaporizes to gaseous compounds upon laser cutting, resulting in a very clean cut, and amazing results for your needs. We design our products digitally before importing and sending them to our machine, which cuts acrylic with ease and precision. Other techniques of cutting Acrylic include using Power saws with specified Acrylic blades or Aluminium and Copper blades as long as the teeth are even. Saber saws with metal or plastic specific blades are also able to be used to cut acrylic. Hand sawing is also possible to achieve results, however it is also very difficult to do. Use a sharp, even toothed blade and ensure the acrylic is clamped or fastened to a cutting surface in order to avoid flexing the plastic, which may result in cracking if flexing too far.
When drilling acrylic, it’s best to use drill bits specifically designed for drilling into plastics and acrylic glass. Using the wrong bits can result in cracking and weakening the plastic in the drilled area. Using the correct sharpness and speeds, two ribbons of plastic would emerge from the other side of the acrylic. To ensure settings are correct, practice on a spare piece of acrylic first.
Acrylic can be joined using Solvent Cement, heat (welding), or by using solvents which dissolve the plastic at the joint, which then fuses and sets, forming an almost invisible weld. The most common techniques involves the use of solvent cement in capillary (joining two pieces together via masking tape and sinking the cement into the small joint, forming a strong bond)and dip/soak (dipping/soaking the plastic into solvent cement before attaching it to another piece)methods.