Acrylic Fabrication: Custom Acrylic Products Manufacturing

In our daily life, we can easily see those products, such as acrylic dishware, acrylic fish tanks, acrylic light shells. We can manufacture acrylic fabrication through acrylic injection molding, extrusion or other processes. Acrylic (PMMA) is a very versatile product that comes in many shapes, colors, and grades. It can be easily thermoformed and bonds well with adhesives and solvents.

Due to good clarity, brilliance, and transparency, it is especially suitable for making lenses. Sungplastic has extensive experience in lenses area and other applications, and is equipped with advanced equipment that is able to address this project of acrylic products.

If you are looking for acrylic products manufacturing or custom services (e.g. LED or Fresnel lenses, including but not limited to), please read more about this or consult with us.

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Acrylic and Acrylic Fabrication

Acrylic, also known as polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), is a synthetic thermoplastic polymer. It is a versatile and transparent plastic that resembles glass but is much lighter and less brittle. Acrylic is commonly used in a wide range of applications due to its excellent optical clarity, durability, adaptability and ease of fabrication. Acrylic fabrication is forming acrylic products by processes like injection molding, extrusion, and vacuum forming.

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Acrylic Forms

Acrylic is available in various forms, each tailored to specific applications and manufacturing processes.

    • Acrylic Sheets
      Acrylic sheets are perhaps the most recognizable form of acrylic. They come in various sizes and thicknesses, ranging from thin and flexible sheets to thick and rigid ones. These sheets are commonly used for applications such as windows, signs, displays, and protective barriers.
    • Acrylic Rods
      Acrylic rods are cylindrical pieces of acrylic with varying diameters. They are used in applications like lighting fixtures, decorative handles, and curtain rods.
    • Acrylic Tubes
      Acrylic tubes are hollow cylindrical shapes made from acrylic. They are often used in projects requiring the containment of liquids or gases, such as in aquariums, laboratory equipment, and industrial piping.
    • Acrylic Blocks
      Acrylic blocks are solid, rectangular pieces of acrylic. They are used for crafting, art, and decorative purposes. Transparent blocks can be engraved or etched to create intricate designs.
    • Acrylic Balls
      Acrylic balls are spherical shapes made from acrylic. They are used in various creative projects, as well as in the manufacture of items like display knobs and decorative ornaments.
    • Acrylic Resin
      Acrylic resin is the liquid form of acrylic that can be polymerized and solidified to create various acrylic products. It is used in Acrylic injection molding, casting, and other manufacturing processes to create custom shapes and products.

These various forms of acrylic offer versatility and adaptability across a wide range of industries and applications. The choice of acrylic products form depends on the specific requirements and characteristics needed for a given project or product.

Applications of Acrylic Fabrication

    • Custom Acrylic Sheets
      Acrylic sheets are among the most versatile acrylic products, available in various forms to cater to different needs.
      For example:
      Transparent Acrylic Sheets: These sheets offer exceptional clarity and are used in windows, skylights, and protective barriers.
      Colored Acrylic Sheets: Featuring a spectrum of colors, these sheets are employed in signage, interior design, and creative projects.
      Textured Acrylic Sheets: Textured surfaces add dimension and diffusion to lighting applications, making them suitable for decorative purposes and privacy panels.
    • Acrylic Furniture
      Acrylic furniture combines aesthetics with functionality. Tables, chairs, and other pieces are often crafted from transparent or colored acrylic, lending a modern and minimalist touch to interiors.
    • Acrylic Displays and Signage
      Acrylic is a go-to material for retail displays, museum exhibits, and business signage due to its clarity, durability, and ability to be shaped into various forms.
    • Acrylic Jewelry and Accessories
      Acrylic’s lightweight and moldable nature make it a preferred choice for crafting modern jewelry and accessories, often featuring bold designs and vibrant colors.
    • Acrylic Awards and Trophies
      Acrylic awards and trophies are symbols of achievement and excellence. They can be customized with engraving and various finishes, making them a popular choice for recognizing accomplishments in sports, business, and the arts.

Acrylic Products Fabrication Process

The manufacturing process of acrylic products involves several steps, from the production of acrylic resin to the shaping and finishing of the final product. Here is an overview of the typical manufacturing process for acrylic products.

Sheet Extrusion (for Acrylic Sheets)

Acrylic sheets are one of the most common forms of acrylic products. To manufacture acrylic sheets, the acrylic resin is typically melted and then extruded through a die to form a continuous sheet.
The sheet is then cooled and cut into desired lengths or sizes. Depending on the requirements, the sheet may be transparent, colored, or textured.

Acrylic Injection Molding

For acrylic products like acrylic furniture or display items, the acrylic resin can be injection-molded. In PMMA injection molding, the resin is melted and injected into a mold cavity, where it cools and solidifies into the desired shape.
PMMA injection molding can be able to produce complex shapes, high production efficiency, and consistent part quality. The process allows for the efficient and cost-effective production of PMMA parts in large volumes, making it suitable for both small and large-scale manufacturing.

Acrylic CNC Machining

Acrylic CNC machining refers to the process of using a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine to shape, cut, and engrave acrylic material with high precision. CNC machining is a subtractive manufacturing method where the CNC machine removes material from a solid acrylic block or sheet to create the desired shape and features. Suited for create complex shapes and designs.
Acrylic is often used in rapid prototyping due to its machinability and cost-effectiveness. CNC machining allows for the quick production of prototypes and models for product testing, design verification, and presentation purposes. Acrylic prototypes can be machined to replicate the final product’s dimensions and features accurately.

Vacuum Forming

Vacuum forming involves heating a sheet of acrylic until it becomes soft and pliable, then using vacuum pressure to shape it over a mold. It is a popular technique for creating three-dimensional objects with smooth and precise surfaces.
It offers advantages such as cost-effectiveness, fast production cycles, and the ability to create complex shapes and designs. The process allows for the replication of consistent shapes and sizes, making it suitable for both small and large-scale production.

Painting and Coating (If Required)

Depending on the product’s design and specifications, acrylic products may undergo painting or coating processes.
Acrylic paints or coatings are applied to achieve specific colors, textures, or finishes. This step can be crucial for achieving desired aesthetics.

Assembly and Finishing

Many acrylic products require additional assembly steps, such as joining multiple acrylic parts together or adding other materials like metal or wood.
The finishing touches, such as edge polishing or beveling, may also be applied to enhance the appearance and safety of the acrylic product.

Properties of Acrylic Products

Acrylic products are known for their exceptional properties that make them popular in various industries.

  • Durability and Strength
    Acrylic products are renowned for their durability and strength. They are resistant to impact and shatterproof, making them a safer alternative to glass in many applications.
  • Transparency and Clarity
    Acrylic boasts excellent transparency and clarity, allowing for a clear view of objects behind it. This property makes it a preferred choice for displays, windows, and artistic creations.
  • Resistance to UV Radiation
    Acrylic products are highly resistant to UV radiation, making them suitable for outdoor applications. They do not yellow or degrade when exposed to sunlight, ensuring long-lasting performance.
  • Versatility and Customizability
    Acrylic can be easily molded, cut, and shaped into various forms, making it highly customizable. It can be tinted, painted, or engraved to meet specific design requirements.
  • Lightweight Nature
    Despite its strength, acrylic is remarkably lightweight. This characteristic simplifies handling and installation, especially in construction and architectural applications.

Examples of Acrylic Products Made in Sungplastic

As a transparent quality materials, acrylic is always used to make LED lenses and Fresnel lenses. As an experienced Chinese plastic molder, Sungplastic has had some successful cases in both types, and we have accumulated rich experience in acrylic fabrication.

LED Lenses

Acrylic is a versatile material commonly used in the production of various LED light products due to its transparency, durability, and ease of fabrication. Here are some acrylic products we commonly make for LED lights:

Light Diffusers
Acrylic sheets can be used to create light diffusers, which help distribute and soften the light emitted by LEDs. These diffusers can be used in various lighting applications, such as ceiling lights, panel lights, and signage. They come in different thicknesses and surface textures to achieve the desired light diffusion effect.

Light Guides
Acrylic light guides are designed to efficiently distribute light from LED light sources. They have a specific shape and internal structure that allows light to be guided and evenly distributed across the entire length of the guide. Light guides are commonly used in edge-lit signage, displays, and backlights for LCD screens.

Light Panels
Acrylic light panels are thin sheets of acrylic with embedded LEDs. They provide a uniform and bright illumination across the surface, making them suitable for applications like architectural lighting, retail displays, and illuminated signs. These panels can be customized in terms of size, shape, and color temperature to meet specific lighting requirements.

Lighting Devices and Enclosures
Acrylic is commonly used in the manufacturing of light fixtures and enclosures for LED lights. It provides a lightweight and durable housing that allows for easy installation and maintenance. Acrylic fixtures can be designed in various shapes and sizes to accommodate different lighting applications, including residential, commercial, and outdoor lighting.

Light Display Stands and Holders
Acrylic is also used to create stands and holders for LED light products. These can include display stands for showcasing LED bulbs, LED strips, or other LED products, as well as holders for securing LED lights in specific positions or angles.

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Fresnel Lenses

A Fresnel lens is a type of optical lens that is characterized by its flat, thin design with a series of concentric grooves or steps on one side and a smooth, curved surface on the other side. This unique construction allows Fresnel lenses to achieve the same optical effect as traditional lenses while significantly reducing their thickness and weight. Fresnel lenses are widely used in various applications due to their compact and lightweight nature.

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Some common applications of Fresnel lenses we provide:

Traffic Signals and Road Signs
Fresnel lenses are employed in traffic signals and road signs to increase the visibility of the lights during the day and night. They help distribute the light in a specific direction, making it more visible to drivers.

Lighting Fixtures
Fresnel lenses are used in some lighting fixtures, especially in stage and studio lighting. They help control and focus the light beam, allowing for adjustable beam angles.

Sungplastic can create a wide range of custom acrylic products, including but not limited to LED lenses and Fresnel lenses, through acrylic injection molding, acrylic CNC machining, vacuum forming, assembly and finishing, etc.
What’s more, after years of development, we have trained many excellent technical personnel and professional production and processing teams, introduced advanced manufacturing equipment and technology at home and abroad, and constantly learned new experiences to carry out technological improvement and innovation.
For your projects of acrylic fabrication manufacturing, we are well prepared for everything! Welcome to contact us.

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