Acrylic plexiglass is a popular type of material widely known for its versatility, strength, and natural transparency. Often compared to polycarbonate, acrylic plexiglass is a very clear plastic that has historically been used in airplane windows and submarines. Nowadays, it is often used in LCD screens, furniture, windows, and security barriers.
Given how durable acrylic plexiglass is, many people fear that it is a challenge to cut. Should they use a large flatbed cutter or a flatbed cutter used on Coroplast? Is it similar to cutting corrugated plastic boards? How does one go about cutting through acrylic plexiglass?
Cutting Acrylic Plexiglass
Like most projects, there is a DIY way to go about cutting acrylic plexiglass. An important factor to keep in mind is that cutting through this type of material is more complex than some others, so this is not a challenge to be taken on by the faint of heart.
Using a Hand Saw
If you are looking to cut through acrylic plexiglass, there are several options at your disposal. One option is the use of a hand saw. It’s important to note that a hand saw is slightly different from an electrical saw. While both require extreme focus, a hand saw requires higher concentration and precision. An increased amount of concentration and focus will help ensure you get the right cut, and we recommend a saw equipped with uniform teeth.
Using a Jigsaw
A jigsaw is a type of tool often used for cutting acrylic plexiglass–it works by cutting through the material with a quick motion of the blade. This is an ideal tool for designs that require straight cuts as well as angled or curved cuts.
Using a Scoring Knife
A scoring knife is another tool that helps you cut through acrylic plexiglass. While one of the easier DIY methods, know that there are more steps you need to take to ensure that you get an accurate and precise finished product.
Cutting Acrylic Plexiglass With a Flatbed Cutter
When in doubt, opt for a flatbed cutter, specifically the Summa F1612 Flatbed Cutter model. Known for its highly precise cuts, this flatbed cutter will allow you to create work as intricate as you want while still ensuring an efficient result.
While you cannot use the F1612 as it is on acrylic plexiglass, the equipment comes equipped with an optional routing system. The optional routing system, also known as the Router Pro Package, gives you the ability to cut through a variety of materials, including aluminum, foam sheet, carbon fiber, plywood, and acrylic plexiglass.
Let AirMark Help
While the DIY option is available to you, know that you do not have to do it alone. AirMark strives to provide with you the tools, supplies, equipment, and support necessary to help bring your project from ideation to reality.
Give us a call and see how we can best support you. With an extensive array of tools and equipment, you can be sure that we can make cutting acrylic plexiglass a breeze!