Yes acrylic can withstand heat and must be heated in order to mold its shape, otherwise it will crack and break into pieces. Acrylic is only flammable at certain temperatures so heating by open flame is not recommended, and other methods of heating may cause it to adhere to the heating device itself.
Acrylic can be heated continuously in a temperature range of 170-190°F. It begins to soften between 210-220°F and starts to melt between 300-315°F. An acrylic sheet can withstand temperatures down to -20°F without noticeable changes in properties.
Acrylic can be easily heated and formed to any desired shape. Simple bends can be made by heating the bend point with a wire heater. Products with multiple pieces are joined together using solvents that melt each surface and result in a barely visible joint.
Because acrylic vaporizes upon impact with laser cutting technology it is a highly desirable choice for projects which require extremely fine cut shapes. Generally after laser cutting acrylic, the parts need to be polished to remove tool marks and restore it’s optical clarity.
ACRYLIC is very inexpensive and stands up to heat, exposure to weather and sunlight. POLYCARBONATE is extremely impact resistant and nearly impossible to shatter. It is even bulletproof when used in thick layers. They look very similar, so how can you tell them apart? Let's put these two plastics the test:
Understand the differences between Acrylic, Plexiglas and Plastic can be confusing, however we are certain after you read this article you will be well versed in the differences. You will find a variety of terms used to describe acrylic sheets. Not knowing the difference between the terms can pose problems and confusion for the outcome of your project.
Acrylic is a highly versatile material with color variations and thickness and is used to produce countless products due to their high quality, exceptional clarity, ease in processing, exceptional weatherability, strength, clarity, versatility and design flexibility.
Also known as, Polymethyl Methacrylate, is one of the more widely used forms of acrylic. There are a variety grades available such as transparent, translucent opaque and colored with varying levels of heat resistance, light transmissions, impact strength, flow rates and release capabilities.
Acrylic sheets exhibit glass-like qualities through it’s clarity, brilliance, transparency, and translucent attributes. It is also half the weight with up to 10 times the impact resistance. Acrylic can be tinted or colored, mirrored or made opaque with a number of coatings such as scratch resistance, anti-fogging, glare reduction and solar reflectivity.
Acrylic can be formed to virtually any shape due to its incredible ability to soften under extremely high temperatures. It is incredibly durable and has superior weathering properties compared to other plastics.
Acrylic Plastic sheets are used to produce: