Acrylic Plastic Machining
Acrylic thermoplastic materials exhibit superior strength, stiffness, weathering properties, scratch resistance, and durability, as well as excellent optical clarity and resistance to fading. One of the more versatile engineering plastics, acrylic is easy to fabricate into complex shapes and with tight tolerances. With more than 40 years’ experience in machining acrylic plastics, Upland Fab has the expertise and the knowhow to produce custom acrylic parts that match your exact specifications.
Superior Clarity & Vivid Colors with Acrylic Plastics
Acrylic thermoplastic exhibits glass-like optical qualities, at half the weight and with far greater impact resistance. It offers exceptional clarity, brilliance, and transparency, and is readily available in a broad range of colors to fit any project requirements. The outstanding versatility, durability, and aesthetic properties of acrylic plastics make them popular for countless indoor and outdoor applications.
Upland Fab works with acrylic thermoplastic in a wide variety of grades and resins. Each type of acrylic exhibits is own unique characteristics that may make it better suited to your application than others. Contact us to discuss your project’s material requirements.
Precision Machining of Acrylic Thermoplastic Parts
At Upland Fab, we use advanced multi-axis machining technology when working with acrylic plastics to ensure unparalleled precision, accuracy, and repeatability, with minimal requirements for handling and fixturing. With our state-of-the-art CNC machining capabilities, even highly complex parts can often be completed in a single operation, saving you time.
Our DPD/MBD processes (Digital Product Definition, or Model-Based Definition) enable us to work directly with your CAD models when machining your acrylic thermoplastic parts. This significantly reduces the possibility of manufacturing errors and improves the accuracy of the machining process. The end result is more accurate, less costly parts.
Upland Fab’s Top-Flight Communication Keeps You Up to Speed
We know that communication is critical to the success of any project. We provide consistent updates throughout your entire project, with a single point of contact to give you the information and peace of mind you need as your project progresses. Upland Fab keeps you up to date every step of the way.
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Properties of Acrylic Plastics
|ASTM or UL test||Property||Acrylic|
|D570||Water Absorption, 24 hrs (%)||0.3|
|D638||Tensile Strength (psi)||8,000 - 11,000|
|D638||Tensile Modulus (psi)||350,000 - 500,000|
|D638||Tensile Elongation at Break (%)||2|
|D790||Flexural Strength (psi)||12,000 - 17,000|
|D790||Flexural Modulus (psi)||350,000 - 500,000|
|D695||Compressive Strength (psi)||11,000 - 19,000|
|D695||Compressive Modulus (psi)||-|
|D785||Hardness, Rockwell||M80 - M100|
|D256||IZOD Notched Impact (ft-lb/in)||0.3|
|D696||Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion
(x 10-5 in./in./°F)
|5 - 9|
|D648||Heat Deflection Temp (°F / °C)
at 264 psi
|150-210 / 65-100|
|D3418||Melting Temp (°F / °C)||265-285 / 130-140|
|Max Operating Temp (°F / °C)||150-200 / 65-93|
(x 10-4 cal/cm-sec-°C)
|D149||Dielectric Strength (V/mil) short time, 1/8" thick||400|
|D150||Dielectric Constant at 60 Hz||4.0|
|D150||Dissipation Factor at 60 Hz||0.05|
|-||Light Transmission, minimum (%)||92|
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