How to Work With Acrylic Sheets
The question regarding how to work with acrylic sheets can be answered in one word: carefully. Though acrylic is generally much stronger than glass, it is not as malleable as, say, polycarbonate, which can be bent and twisted almost to whim. Work with acrylic by following the tips lain out below, and when in doubt, ask a professional.
- CNC or laser-cutting machinery is a huge help. Gain access to this by contacting a local plastics shop or asking the acrylic wholesaler if they do custom-cuts. Otherwise, you may use a table saw, a jigsaw or a router. All your tools should be super-sharp. Drill bits should be ground especially for acrylic applications.
- Keep that masking on – and do not be in a hurry to take it off. Trust us on this one.
- You will need a coolant, and the best choices are water or drilling oil.
- If you are looking to form the acrylic, heat it with a strip heater. If you are going to do more than a straight-lined bend, you will need different equipment. Keep it simple whenever possible!
- To join acrylic sheets, use solvent cement and rely on the capillary or “dip and soak” method.
- When finished with your cut, polish the acrylic to obtain a high sheen. Only power buffing tools should be used for this step.
No matter what you decide to use your acrylic for, purchase your acrylic sheets from R S Supply. You will pay competitive prices and receive quick shipping – not to mention tips from the experts.
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