The popularity growth of using extruded acrylic has been exponential over the last decade. Stronger and yet lighter than glass, extruded acrylic is the go-to choice for fabricators who want a durable yet cost-effective material for a variety of applications.
Equally as important is finding a reliable manufacturer of CNC machines. For over 25 years, AXYZ – Tailored Router Solutions® has helped acrylic fabricators across the globe find the right solution to meet their unique needs. From point-of-purchase displays to the recent demand in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) due to COVID-19, the need for extruded acrylic has never been greater.
If you’re just getting started with extruded acrylic, you may find it challenging to cut, even with a great router from AXYZ! Our Application Specialists compiled this list of 6 easy tips to help make the entire cutting process easier:
|1. SOURCE THE PROPER MATERIAL:|
Source extruded acrylic from a reputable vendor such as ACRYLITE®, the brand name from Roehm America LLC, the company that invented acrylic back in 1933.
|2. GET THE RIGHT TOOLS: |
For speed and quality, choose the tool that’s best suited for your material.
We recommend the Belin O flute series of tools on CNCShop.com, renowned for their quality and durability.
| 3. INCREASE THE SPINDLE SPEED|
To cut fast, we need to move fast. Set your spindle speed to 22,000 RPM to optimize your machine’s cutting capabilities.
| 4. KEEP IT COOL: |
Like many other machining operations, achieving a greater finish requires adequate cooling. We recommend using the Vortex Cold Air Gun for spot cooling, achieving a greater edge finish and prolonging router bit life. Find it on CNCShop.com.
| 5. OPTIMIZE YOUR WORKFLOW:|
|6. CUT AWAY:|
Keep a nice balance between edge quality and speed, with feed rates between 120” to 140” (4.5m to 5.5m) per minute. Depending on the job, a finishing pass may be required.
Like many other materials, achieving the best result is subject to using a good quality machine. Contact us for maintenance, application support or for inquiries on a new CNC router.
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