Acrylic - Black

0.059 inches 0.118 inches 0.177 inches 0.220 inches 0.354 inches

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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.

Please note: The laser cuts at a slight taper (1-2 degrees) since the laser beam is shaped like a cone. The tapering causes one side to be slightly smaller than the other side. The taper is almost unnoticeable in 1/8" material; the thicker the material, the more noticeable the taper. When using laser-cut parts such as wheels or gears, you might need to position the parts in an alternating pattern so that the tapers “cancel out”.

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

Josh says:

Dan Emery offers high resolution examples of etching onto black acrylic here:

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Tom says:

Can light shine through the engraved area, if the piece is back lit?

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Dayma says:

Hi Tom,
Black acrylic is the most opaque color of acrylic and no light transfers through it even when engraved. Gray tint acrylic would be the closest thing we have - http://www.ponoko.com/make-and-sell/show-material/351-acrylic-gray-tint

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Does this black acrylic have a gloss or matt finish? The description does not specify?

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Dayma says:

Hi Shane. Acrylic black has two glossy sides and acrylic matte black has one glossy, one matte. Thanks.

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Joanna says:

Hi! I know this has been asked already, but I just wanted to check will light shine through the thinnest thickness of this material (1.5mm)?

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Dayma says:

Hi Joanna,

No light gets through any of the thicknesses of black acrylic. They're completely opaque.


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