Laser engraving – Acrylic

Legal Circle Acrylic OrnamentLaser engravers are versatile machines.  They are able to mark and cut a variety of materials.  Each material has it’s own benefits and drawbacks.  A good designer will take advantage of the material’s characteristics to improve the overall product.  Today, I will discuss acrylic.

Acrylic is an interesting material.  It can be found clear, frosted (or opaque), and in a variety of colors, both clear and opaque.  You may have heard it referred to by the brand name Plexiglas or Lucite.  Acrylic is really just a general term for Poly(methyl methacrylate).  It can be found in a variety of places including fish tanks (really, really BIG fish tanks), lighthouse lenses, jewelry, and light tubes among many other.

A laser engraving designer can be very creative with acrylic.  One use for acrylic could be as a glass substitute.  There have been many Christmas ornaments created from acrylic that mimic the look of glass, are virtually unbreakable, and can be cut in just about any shape imagined.  Want a unique mirror?  Acrylic is available with a mirror finish that can be cut and engraved in a variety of interesting ways.  Here is what U.S. Plastic Corp says about it’s acrylic mirror sheet:

Acrylic Mirror Sheeting
Half the weight of glass and 8 times stronger, this shatter-proof, clear 1/8″ acrylic mirror sheet can be easily cut, drilled, and cemented. It is simple to install and is excellent for eliminating blind spots, improve security, monitoring machine operations, and traffic safety. It is UV stabilized and has a working temp range of -40° to 180° F.

As you can see, acrylic has a variety of uses when combined with a laser engraver.  The only practical limitations are the size of the laser engraver, the thickness of the material, and the imagination of the designer and customer.  Here are some other interesting uses for acrylic that can be laser engraved and cut:  project enclosures, name tags, signs, drinking glasses, and store fixtures.

I hope you learned something about acrylic and it’s use as a material for laser engraving.  If you have any questions or would like discuss how laser engraved and cut acrylic can solve a problem you are having, please let me know at  Have a great day.

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