Acrylic XT - clear, transparent
0.118 inches 0.197 inches
What is it
The cast PMMA (GS) lends itself to machining much better than the extruded (XT) version. Because of this, we only recommend the use of the extruded material when not very much boring, milling or turning is planned. Choosing the more economically priced acrylic XT makes the most sense when it is to be used for glazing, picture frames, in simple model making and anywhere else where untreated surfaces are to be used. As far as the eye can tell there is no difference in transparency between the two types.
Acrylic has a thickness tolerance of +/-15% of the material thickness.
Acrylic semifinished products do not turn yellow in the sunshine. This makes them perfect for outdoor use.
Acrylic glass should not be cleaned with glass cleaners like Sidolin because they can corrode or deface it. Warm water with detergent or special plastic cleaners should be used.
Acrylic glass is a great light guide or conductor. This attribute makes it an interesting and versatile material for use in lamps and other lighting devices. It should be noted, however, that the material absorbs the light over its surface and radiates it outwards at the edges (the edges are bright when seen from the side). The lighted surface should therefore never be masked or covered. Milled cuts will also emit the light when a sheet is backlit. You should be careful when choosing a lighting medium, keeping in mind that the maximum allowable temperature for acrylic glass is between 70C and 80C.
Acrylic XT, 5 mm is NOT suitable for designs that include a combination of cuts and fine engravings.
An example for such a design would be a cut (hole) with a diameter of 1 cm where the hole is decorated with a 1 mm engraving (heavy raster engraving). In this case, the heat that results from cutting the hole bents the material so that the engraving will not be accurate.
Please use Acrylic GS instead, which enables also crisper and smoother engravings compared to Acrylic XT.
Acrylic sheets have universal applications: for lightweight constructions in model making or visual displays, in picture frames or glazing as well as for making signs and light boxes.
Adhesives, joints & fastenings
Acrylic glass XT sheets can be glued with Dichloromethane, and reshaped or deformed at temperatures between 150C and 160 C.
Because acrylic glass is subject to thermal expansion, any fixing or mounting systems must be so designed that the sheets are never under stress.