CTR Lasers - Materials-Acrylic

ACRYLIC

Some of the key properties of Acrylic are optical clarity (clearer than polycarbonate), weather resistance, UV stability (does not yellow), impact resistant (many times greater than glass) and dimensional stability (does not shrink). There are two basic types of Acrylic - Cast Acrylic and Extruded Acrylic.

The results from laser cutting acrylic depend on various things – the quality of the material itself, the type of CO2 laser used, and the performance of the laser cutter.

Acrylic types suitable for laser cutting include

  • Acryl
  • Acrylic glass
  • Lucite®
  • Plexiglas®
  • PMMA
  • Perspex®
  • Altuglas®
  • Acrylite®
  • Optix®

How does laser cutting and engraving work?

When laser engraving acrylic the surface layer is removed and you can set your laser to go as deep or as shallow as you need and laser cutting provides a nice clean edge with minimal kerf.

What effect can I achieve on acrylic?

With a CTR laser machine even very thick acrylic (20 mm+) can be cut and engraved. Detailed photos can be laser engraved and intricately laser etched geometries produced. The precision engineered axis drives of a CTR laser machine mean you always get the best possible results when laser cutting. Our knife edge support bars guarantee low back reflection so that your work always turns out perfect.

Health and safety concerns during acrylic cutting?

With all CTR laser engraving and cutting machines thegases/vapours are extracted and filtered directly into a HEPA filter so unlike other cutter systems there are no chips to be disposed of at high cost later

Will I need to fix/clamp the material in the working area?

Not at all... There is no physical contact between the laser and the material whilst being processed. Just place the material and start the laser process. This reduces the risk of damage and scratches to easily marked acrylic and saves time and money during the preparation of the material.

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We didn't realise we had purchased more than a laser cutter from CTR. Indeed in a recent service visit, the engineer spent a lot of time demonstrating what the machine could do after he had undone our mess. He arrived with a smile the same day ...

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