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Acrylic Machining, Properties & Components

What is Acrylic?

Acrylic, commonly known as the brand name Perspex®, is a transparent thermoplastic with excellent strength and optical clarity and is thus widely used as a glass substitute; though it outperforms glass in several aspects.

Similar in characteristics to Polycarbonate, Acrylic has a lower impact strength but still boasts 10-24 times the impact resistance of glass. It is also more flexible and lighter than glass.

Main Attributes of Acrylic:

  • Excellent optical clarity and light transmission properties
  • Abrasive resistance comparable to aluminium
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Good flexural strength
  • Around half the weight of glass and easier to process
  • Readily available and reasonability cost effective
  • Excellent weatherability and resistance to sunlight
  • Excellent dimensional stability
  • Subject to stress cracking
  • Combustible
  • Available in transparent or opaque forms
  • More flexible and shock resistant than glass
  • Good insulator
  • Good acoustic properties (can act as sound barrier)
  • BPA free
  • Easy to solvent bond
  • UV resistant
  • FDA Compliant grades available
  • Available in all colours imaginable
  • 100% recyclable
  • Available with a range of coatings including abrasion resistant, bullet resistant and electrostatic dissipative (ESD)


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Detailed information about Acrylic for designers including UK stock sizes and technical properties can be found in the tabs below. Please note: this information is provided as a guide only. All information is based on our present knowledge and is given in good faith. No liability will be accepted by Penta Precision in respect of any action taken by any third party in reliance thereon.

Similar or obsolete designation and trade names

You may also see Acrylic referred to as:

Acrylic Components, Applications & Industries

Here are some examples of the industries and components for which Acrylic is appropriate. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Please do get in touch if you are considering using Acrylic and we can talk through your project with you.

Typical Components & Applications:
  • Transparent manifolds
  • As an alternative to glass
  • Guards
  • Housings
  • Electronics components
  • Aerospace components
  • Household items 
  • Appliances
  • Lenses
  • Automotive trim
  • Windows
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Furniture
  • Toys
  • Signage
  • Medical devices
  • Enclosures
  • Sound barriers
Industry Examples:
  • Aerospace
  • Electronics
  • Automotive
  • Medical
  • Transportation

      Perspex CNC Machined Part for Medical Application

      Perspex CNC Machined Part for Medical Application

      Acrylic CNC Milled Prototype Part

      Acrylic CNC Milled Prototype Part

      Acrylic Machining Service

      Penta Precision provides the following Acrylic services: 

      Reasons to Choose Penta:

      We are regularly machining Acrylic for customers all over the UK. Our customers depend on our machining expertise as well as our outstanding delivery performance, to machine the highest quality parts. Contact us to discuss how we can help you with your Acrylic machining requirements. 

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      Acrylic machining needs?
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