Whether cutting, machining, bending or finishing, acrylic sheet is a fabrication-friendly product. It requires few if any tools beyond those normally found in a well-supplied shop environment, and allows for dozens of methods to achieve a finished product.
Thanks to its inherent thermoplastic properties, acrylic becomes pliable when heated. This permits it to be shaped to virtually any contour, which it holds once cooled. Acrylic sheet responds to thermoforming, drape forming and even cold forming when proper methods are utilized.
A variety of tools and methods can be used to cut acrylic sheet, from scoring with a plastic cutter to using table saws, routers or saber saws equipped with commercially-available, acrylic-cutting blades. Edges can even be flame polished with a hydrogen-oxygen torch to achieve a glossy finish.
While acrylic sheet can be ordered in nearly any color, it can also be spray painted and decorated using screen-printing and decorative vinyl films. Fastening options include adhesives, screws, bolts and even ultrasonic welding.