1) What is Acrylic?
Acrylic is a plastic manufactured using one or more derivatives of acrylic acid. Polymethyl Methacrylate acrylic, or PMMA, is one of the more widely used forms of acrylic due to its exceptional weatherability, strength, clarity and versatility.
2) What are Physical Benefits of Acrylic?
Formable: With a little heat, it’s easy to shape and mold.
Durable: Impact resistance that stands the test of time.
Weatherable: Stands up to the elements longer than other plastics.
3) What is Laser Engraving Acrylic?
When working with acrylic, many professional designers and manufacturers choose to work with a laser. Etching acrylic can be done by other means, such as with chemicals or a rotary engraving machine, but using a laser is often the favorite method of crafters who work with acrylic. Laser-engraving is often safer, and the equipment won’t wear down from normal wear and tear like a knife would. It also can be programmed to etch with photographic detail with very little fuss.
A laser is a highly concentrated beam that heats material to a very high temperature, which vaporizes the material. The result of laser-engraving acrylic is that the material becomes super-heated, effectively removing it as a result of evaporation. This processes doesn’t produce chips or dust, as is normal with other acrylic-engraving machine technologies.