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Laser cut acrylic

Acrylic is a versatile material for laser cutting and engraving. Commonly used as signage, furniture inserts, fish tanks, jewellery and tableware, Acrylic comes in a wide range of colours. It's even available as mirror material! The possibilities are endless.

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Materials

Acrylic
Clear

0.060 / 0.080
0.118 / 0.177
0.220 / 0.354 inches

Acrylic
Fluoro Pink

0.118 inches

Acrylic - Mirror
Gold

0.118 inches

Acrylic - Clear

What is it

Acrylic (PMMA) is a thermoplastic that is available in a wide range of colors including transparent tints and clear to opaque solid colors.

Acrylic has a thickness tolerance of +/-15% of the material thickness.

Design notes

Acrylic is hard and stiff as plastics go. It is sensitive to stress concentrations sharing a certain fragility with glass. This is most evident if parts are small or thin. Details should not be smaller than 1mm/0.04" as they are likely to be too fragile.

Acrylic retains detail when laser cut and it engraves well. For tips on engraving see this blog post - How to improve your engraving results.

Adding radii to corners can reduce the risk of breaking. For some tips on how to design for acrylic see this blog post - How to make snug joints in Acrylic.

Acrylic can scratch easily and should be cleaned with a mild solution of dish detergent and warm water. Never clean with a other cleaners not suitable for acrylic or with a dry cloth.

Typical uses

Acrylic is commonly used as signage, glazing and in building applications, fabricated point of sale displays, menu holders, display cabinets, machine guards, furniture inserts, aquariums & fish tanks, jewelry and tableware.

Environmental info

Acrylic is non toxic and recyclable in some areas.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Acrylic can be joined with epoxy, Weldon 3, 16 and 40. Dichloromethane and chloroform. Screw joints should be pre-drilled to avoid splitting.

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Acrylic - Fluoro Pink

What is it

Acrylic (PMMA) is a thermoplastic that is available in a wide range of colors including transparent tints and clear to opaque solid colors.

Acrylic has a thickness tolerance of +/-15% of the material thickness.

Design notes

Fluoro Acrylic absorbs light through the surface of the material and emits it from the edge.

Acrylic is hard and stiff as plastics go. It is sensitive to stress concentrations sharing a certain fragility with glass. This is most evident if parts are small or thin. Details should not be smaller than 1mm/0.04" as they are likely to be too fragile.

Acrylic retains detail when laser cut and it engraves well. For tips on engraving see this blog post - How to improve your engraving results.

Adding radii to corners can reduce the risk of breaking. For some tips on how to design for acrylic see this blog post - How to make snug joints in Acrylic.

Acrylic can scratch easily and should be cleaned with a mild solution of dish detergent and warm water. Never clean with a other cleaners not suitable for acrylic or with a dry cloth.

Typical uses

Acrylic is commonly used as signage, glazing and in building applications, fabricated point of sale displays, menu holders, display cabinets, machine guards, furniture inserts, aquariums & fish tanks, jewelry and tableware.

Environmental info

Acrylic is non toxic and recyclable in some areas.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Acrylic can be joined with epoxy, Weldon 3, 16 and 40. Dichloromethane and chloroform. Screw joints should be pre-drilled to avoid splitting.

Order a sample

Acrylic - Mirror - Gold

What is it

Acrylic (PMMA) is a thermoplastic that is available in a wide range of colors including transparent tints and clear to opaque solid colors.

Acrylic has a thickness tolerance of +/-15% of the material thickness.

Design notes

***WE CUT & ENGRAVE MIRROR ACRYLIC THROUGH THE BACK OF THE MATERIAL - AS SUCH ENSURE YOUR DESIGN HAS BEEN FLIPPED OR "MIRRORED".***

This variety of Acrylic has a grey finish on one side and a clear glossy finish on the other. The grey side is the reflective coating that creates a mirror effect on the other side (just like standard glass mirrors).

Design files for mirror acrylic should be mirrored, otherwise they will be fabricated back to front.

By default, the material will be placed coated side up in the laser cutter, so any engraving will be on the coating. The engraving will remove the reflective coating making that section of the acrylic translucent.

If you want to engrave on the gloss side, make a note in the shipping instructions for your order. Engraving on the gloss side can only be done through the protective backing paper, so only heavy raster and vector engraving are suitable.

Acrylic is hard and stiff as plastics go. It is sensitive to stress concentrations sharing a certain fragility with glass. This is most evident if parts are small or thin. Details should not be smaller than 1mm/0.04" as they are likely to be too fragile.

Acrylic retains detail when laser cut and it engraves well. For tips on engraving see this blog post - How to improve your engraving results.

Adding radii to corners can reduce the risk of breaking. For some tips on how to design for acrylic see this blog post - How to make snug joints in Acrylic.

Acrylic can scratch easily and should be cleaned with a mild solution of dish detergent and warm water. Never clean with a other cleaners not suitable for acrylic or with a dry cloth.

Typical uses

Acrylic is commonly used as signage, glazing and in building applications, fabricated point of sale displays, menu holders, display cabinets, machine guards, furniture inserts, aquariums & fish tanks, jewelry and tableware.

Environmental info

Acrylic is non toxic and recyclable in some areas.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Acrylic can be joined with epoxy, Weldon 3, 16 and 40. Dichloromethane and chloroform. Screw joints should be pre-drilled to avoid splitting.

Order a sample

Getting started

Latest article about laser cutting

Ideas for Creative Agencies & Brands ? #44

Laser Cut and Etched Family-Centric Promotional Items

laser cut family birthday calendar

Promotional items that have a personal touch can become valued trinkets for the recipient, and you can’t get much more personal than with a focus on family. The diverse capabilities of laser cutting and laser etching makecustomized family-centric products quick and easy to achieve. As we’ll see in the following examples, materials can range from the familiar to the experimental using a number of different techniques.

Pictured above is a laser cut family birthday calendar from Zetka in Poland, who provide options for custom text and different materials and finishes. The family tree is also a popular theme, with an interpretation in ply from Dansky Arts & Crafts(below, left) and hand-cut paper from Twenty Fingers (below, right).

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Continuing the theme of family connections, the puzzle pendant necklace pictured below from AJ’s Custom Jewelry is hand-stamped, but the same idea will translate nicely across to laser cutting and etching. The focus is all on the names of each generation with Jimagination Creations’ text-based family tree (below right).
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Moving from text to images, the beautifully simple use of silhouettes from Cheek By Jowl are one of many versions on the same theme offered by these clever designers.

laser cut family silhouette portrait

 

Photographic images can make for striking laser etched family portraits. The engraved wood example from Twiki Concept (below, left) has so much more presence than an everyday photo print, and the set of laser etched leather coasters from Sweenks(below, right) enable the family photos to become a useful everyday product.

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Puzzles are another great way to make use of photos; many print services provide custom puzzles as an option, and it really isn’t difficult to go one step further to make custom laser etched puzzles from family portraits. Pictured below is a puzzle laser cut and etched in ply from Factory eNova.Learn how to make a custom laser cut puzzle with this handy guide.

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The final examplesare a little more experimental. For those with extra time or just the urge to be creative, an organic laser cut puzzle portrait such asthis one from MoaDesu(below, left) lends itself well to being finished with a coat of bright paint or even laser cut from different materials. Food products are not a part of the selection in the Ponoko Personal Factory, but it’s still interesting (and fun!) to see the exploration from Coby Unger(below, right) where famous portraits have been laser etched onto Matzah, a crisp flatbread traditionally eaten at Passover in the Jewish community.

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Adding a personal touch by featuring families and family activities in laser cut products can lead to some really creative outcomes that are more likely to be retained (and maybe even cherished) by the recipient. Let us know if you?ve seen other great ideas for laser cut family themed products in the comments below; and for more ideas for Agencies and Brands, see the other postsin the series.

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