You are planning to build something great that will withstand the ravages of time. You need a weather resistant, rigid, lightweight and rust proof material to build your product. Use acrylic sheeting for this type of applications. Acrylic sheets are highly suitable for making signage, display systems, store shelves and many other items. It is also available by its brand and trade name Plexiglas. These thermoplastic sheets can be found in various colour tints, textures, shapes, grades, sizes and opacity levels. You can order acrylic sheets in custom shapes and sizes.
Acrylic sheeting products are used mostly in the commercial, industrial, marketing and display industries. It has its usage in various residential applications. It is used to make merchandising, signage, product display shelves and glazing items. This lightweight material is preferred over glass in many applications because it can withstand stronger impacts without shattering. It costs less and reduces the weight of the final constructed item. These advantages have made it a preferred material to build various items that must be light, rust proof and long lasting.
Acrylic sheeting is available in extruded and cell-cast varieties. Both types of polymers are manufactured using monomers and catalysts. The characteristics and features vary based on the way acrylic has been manufactured. You will find glossy, textured and matte sheets of acrylic in the market. Use the surface type that best meets your project goal. Glossy is not always better. Sometimes you need a less reflective matte or textured surface.
When you order a custom acrylic sheet, it will be cut with an automatic laser cutting machine in the shape and size you need. You only need to provide the artwork and some other details. The acrylic sheet cut to your specifications will be delivered to you quickly. Acrylic can be machined easily and does not lose its crystal clear and distortion free properties even after cutting and machining. However, these processes should be done using the laser cutting machine. If retaining crystal clear sides and smooth edges are not a priority, you can cut and shape it yourself using common home tools.
Extruded acrylic sheets are made as a heterogeneous material. Its properties depend on the extrusion direction maintained during its manufacturing process. Acrylic sheeting made this way is cheaper than cast acrylic. It is a cost effective solution for various applications. You can put it through laser cutting, routing, thermoforming, cementing and polishing processes. Its low melting point and malleability ensures it retains its original properties even after these processes. Prolonged sun exposure does not cause it to yellow. Extruded acrylic sheets can be used for various indoor applications, including garage window installation, greenhouse glazing and shed construction. Use cast or extruded acrylic sheet based on your project needs and budget.