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What is extruded acrylic? 

  • Extruded acrylic has a more constant width than cast acrylic.
  • Best to vacuum shape, bend or heat. Can be more susceptible to crack, in a few situations.
  • Good quality extruded acrylic gives a very clean, smooth edge when laser cut.

What is cast acrylic? 

  • The thickness tolerance in cast acrylic varies more than in extruded acrylic.
  • More expensive than extruded, but more versatile.
  • Very strong acrylic, won’t warp when heated.
  • Can handle impacts better, resists scratching.
  • When engraved, it will leave a smooth, frosty white color.

Prevent static? 

  • Acrylic becomes very statically, and will attract dust.
  • You can use an anti-static or silicone lubricant spray to help prevent the dust from sticking.

​​​​​​​Crazing?

  • Crazing is defined as a hairline crack that can be the result of a stress or chemical damage to the acrylic.
  • Will make the acrylic weaker, and make the appearance not desirable.
  • Best way to prevent is to avoid using certain types of cleaners, and avoid high stress to the acrylic.

​​​​​​​Cleaning? 

  • Use a non-abrasive fabric, like a microfiber cloth.
  • May use a small amount of mild detergent, but don’t put too much pressure on the acrylic

Don’t use cleaners that contain alcohol, bleach or ammonia – this will probably cause crazing.

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