Acrylic - Red

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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.

Orders using this material will ship as fast as same day. Find out more.


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.

Adding radii to corners can reduce the risk of breaking. For some tips on how to design for acrylic see this blog post.

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.

Tips from other designers

Jose says:

I would like to know which is best sandpaper for acrylic

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Josh says:

Hi! You're best to ask on the forums about this - you can find the link to them on the bottom right of this page beside the Contact Us link. Thanks!

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Maria says:

i work with acrylic and used fine sand paper and sand paper it wet, then I polish to a high shine with a polishing wheel and polishing compound that I usually use for jewelry.

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Dan says:

Thanks for sharing your tip :)

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