Our supply: Special Order Material and considerably more expensive than 3mm clear cast acrylic. For thin clear sheet, we suggest extruded clear acrylic and clear PETG.
Thickness: Available in 1mm, 1.5mm
Sheet sizes: 1200×600mm, 600×600mm, 600×300mm
Your supply: If preferred, you can also supply your own acrylic any sheet size up to3000×1500mm
Drawing templates are not currently available for 1.5mm clear acrylic. If you would like to use our supply of thin clear acrylic, please draft your file so that your art-board matches the size of our standard sheet sizes listed above.
Cast Acrylic is a thermosetting plastic with a superior surface finish, flatness and optical properties. It is also a hard and brittle material which is sensitive to stress concentrations. This is most evident if parts are small or thin.
Acrylic sheet is supplied to us with a protective plastic film on both sides. When only laser cutting is required, we leave the plastic film on. This helps to reduce heat marks and protects the surface from scratches.
As a benchmark, we recommend that minimum cut widths be no smaller than the corresponding thickness of the material. For example, if cutting from 1.5mm acrylic, its best not to allow anything less than 1.5mm in width. We can go smaller (see cut width image above) but this can make your components quite fragile which might not be suitable for the application. Read more about the laser kerf.
Acrylic laser cuts with a highly polished edge. We achieve this using a high laser frequency (ppi. pulses per inch ) that melts the edges as it cuts. If you look closely at the edge it is not entirely smooth and is made up of lots of tiny vertical lines. This is caused by the pulses of the laser which is more evident on thicker acrylic. Read more cutting thicker materials and focal length.
We have established optimised engraving settings for all our supply materials. For acrylic the marking is a shallow cosmetic light surface scratching. All cast acrylic engraves with a milky white finish.
If you just require vector engraving / scoring and cutting, we leave the protective film on both sides and engrave though the top layer of film into the acrylic surface. This helps to protect the top and bottom surface from heat marks from cutting.
As a standard we remove the top layer of protective backing when any raster engraving is required. We always leave the reverse side of the plastic film on to prevent any reverse markings when cutting is also required.
Since our standard engraving settings for acrylic are very shallow, no heat marks occur around the surrounding engraved areas. We can engrave deeper but bear in mind that due to the slower speeds and higher power required, there is a higher risk of heat marks. Residues also tend to build up on the surface.
Engraving at slower speeds is also more time consuming and therefore more expensive to process. Up to 2mm is considered deep for acrylic. Bear in mind that raster engraving is not an absolute science in terms of depth specification. It is therefore not suitable for making mechanical grooves or any features requiring precise depths. A depth of engraving will always be within a tolerance of +/-0.2mm.
Large artwork that covers most of a sheet’s surface area can be problematic to engrave on 1.5mm acrylic. Heat from the laser can cause the sheet to warp during the engraving process causing the laser loose focus resulting in variation in the engraving. We will always advise to use a thicker acrylic where possible if your artwork is expansive.
Cast PERSPEX is manufactured in accordance with ISO7823-1, which means for the thickness range of 2 to 25mm, a manufacturing tolerance of + / -10% plus 0.4mm (e.g. 8mm cast sheet could vary from 6.8mm to 9.2mm).