The Benefits of Precision Acrylic Cutting Tools
Acrylic is an incredibly useful
and versatile type of clear plastic material. Acrylic is commonly used in
applications where glass would be used, but there is a need for the enhanced
strength and durability that acrylic offers. Acrylic is also lighter than glass
which allows it to be used in applications where weight is a concern.
Acrylic mirror discs offer a
bright reflective finish that effectively mimics mirrored glass while also
providing a tough protective backing. This type of material offers all of the
advantages of mirrored glass with the added benefits of acrylic. In comparison
to mirrored glass, mirrored acrylic is lightweight while also being shatter
In its raw form, acrylic is
often manufactured in large sheets. These sheets are then cut using different
tools and methods to create more useful shapes and objects. Professional
acrylic cutting tools make it possible to cut acrylic in extremely precise
measurements. Since acrylic is a form of plastic it can be susceptible to the effects
of extreme heat. Precision acrylic cutting tools are designed to effectively
cut acrylic while controlling the melting of the material. Tools that result in
extreme pressure may crack the acrylic, but professional acrylic cutting tools
make smooth, precise cuts that preserve the structural integrity of the
Types of Precision Acrylic Cutting Tools
There are different types of
acrylic cutting tools to consider for your project whether it is a one-run
prototype that is needed, or a full high volume production run. Common types of
precision acrylic cutting tools include the following:
- 3-Axis CNC Machining can be used for components
ranging in size from .125” to 120”. This type of cutting offers extremely tight
tolerances of +/- .005”.
- 5-Axis CNC Machining can be used for
exceptionally demanding projects with complex designs and extreme accuracy.
- Mill and Lathe Machining can be used to create
complex shapes with tight tolerances.
- 3-Axis Laser Cutting provides
the ability to make precision cuts on materials such as acrylic with a
thickness of up to 1”. The latest CNC laser cutting technology offers
outstanding precision with a cutting diameter of 0.005”. State-of-the art 400
lasers also provide the ability to polish acrylic to a polished edge after it
has been cut. This can reduce costs by eliminating the need for any secondary
The Plas-Tech Advantage
As a leader in custom plastic
fabrication and distribution, Plas-Tech specializes in custom plastic component
supply all across North America. Plas-Tech is dedicated to delivering
consistent quality products using state-of-the-art, high-powered plastic laser
cutters and CNC machines.
In addition to high-tech
machining and laser cutting equipment, Plas-Tech offers a team of experienced
and talented design professionals. These professionals have the skills
necessary to turn your ideas and drawings into the manufactured parts that you
Plas-Tech is proud to offer two
distinct types of plastic laser
cutting processes to serve all client needs. The Vector
Cutting/Vaporization process is used for clean cutting and marking of
materials. The Etching and Part Marking process is used to gently melt the
surface of the material.
Trust Plas-Tech for all of your custom laser cutting and plastic
fabrication needs; discover the benefits of the most high-tech acrylic cutting
tools available today.