Posted on: Sep, 21, 2017
Many applications need a certain polished appearance or to be completely clear either for functionality or for looks. From automotive headlamps to modern furniture, acrylic has some surprising applications. Acrylic prototypes may be the way to go for many of your products. Wayken is committed to educating our clientele as well as providing top quality service and production. Here are some great reasons to consider making your next prototype with acrylic machining.
Acrylic is a favorite because of its heavyweight performance. Though it is lighter than glass, its rigidity means that you can expect lots of strength out of this material. It is a good material for applications that require high impact resistance and good weather ability. This makes it a perennial favorite for outdoor products, as it easily withstands the elements and provides outstanding clarity. Used similarly to glass, lighting fixtures, windows and signage and displays are very popular applications. Unlike glass, however, acrylic is very impact and shatter resistant, with good insulation properties and thermal stability.
Acrylic has many key characteristics which contribute to its popularity in the Recognition and Identification Industry. This versatile material has extreme optical clarity (better than glass) and exceptional weather ability, making it suitable for both interior and exterior use. Of greater importance to engravers is that acrylic can be easily and attractively marked using a variety of methods, including rotary engraving, laser engraving, sandblasting, pad printing and screen printing. In addition, acrylic is easy to work with, i.e. using the proper techniques; it can be cut into a variety of shapes, polished to a high luster, drilled to produce mounting holes, profiled and thermo bent.
What may be more important to customers is the “look” of acrylic. Acrylic is used to create unique and interesting products that make people stop, pick up a piece, feel its smoothness and admire its beauty.
A client from Czech Republic contact us for some automotive lighting blend prototype, the material of the part is acrylic, is a kind of aesthetic part with tiny optical surface details. They want us to machining this part by utilizing technology of CNC milling acrylic. After milling acrylic, we polish this part to mirror surface by hands, our skilled manual technician can finish this work without any tiny defects. The final acrylic blend prototype is made out within 4 days which reduce their workload by sourcing the most effective solutions, so parts are in safe hands and delivered on time within budget.
Acrylic finishing can add additional properties to a product. Manual polishing removes any surface material and leaves a high quality polished finish on the acrylic, bringing out its many aesthetic features. Vapor polishing is better for smaller features and can provide great optical quality finishes for those applications that need the optical finish. Flame polishing, while available, is a lower quality technique that is usually not recommended for engineering grade components.
Want color? That’s possible, too. With acrylic dyeing, objects can be given penetrating color that can survive average scratching. Speaking of scratching, acrylic does have its drawbacks, depending on the application. If you are working with an object that needs to have serious tensile strength, it may be better to go with a poly carbonate material. Acrylic will experience surface stress cracks if the pressure exceeds its capabilities.
As for automotive lighting blend prototypes, Wayken offers a one-stop service in making Automotive Lighting Prototypes. We have skilled manual and polishing technicians offering prefect hand finishing, form fit function, sanding & polishing, painting, one-stop in-house finishes. If you are interested in the ways in which you might work with acrylic prototypes and finishes, contact our project engineers to discuss the many possibilities for your products.