TYKMA Electrox is a leading provider of permanent marking solutions across a variety of applications and industries, with a focus on laser marking, etching, and engraving.
Our team is well-versed in best practices for laser engraving and design, and we’re here to provide you with the best solutions for your laser marking needs, including laser engraving acrylic or acrylic painted surfaces.
Laser Engraving Acrylic
Acrylic is favorite material for laser marking due to its consistent quality, flexibility in use, and affordability, and laser engraving acrylic is a process that requires low power and acute attention to detail. As such, the quality and precision provided by TYKMA Electrox’s laser engraving systems are crucial to producing outstanding laser engraved acrylic.
Each type of acrylic will yield a different visual result when engraved. There are a variety of acrylic products available that are unique in color, texture, and pattern, meaning you have so many options available. The type of acrylic chosen will determine the outcome of the final product. Acrylics can feature a distinct flame-polished edge or they can produce a frosty white result.
Types of Acrylic
Acrylic refers to a heat-sensitive plastic. There are several types of acrylic that are each used for different applications. The primary types of acrylic used in laser marking acrylic are cast and extruded.
Cast acrylic is the result of pouring liquid acrylic between two tempered glass sheets. A rubber gasket can be used to define the thickness of the acrylic sheet. Cast acrylic transforms into a frosty material when laser engraved. This results in the highly sought-after style that is applied to most acrylic awards.
Extruded acrylic is produced when pellets of resin are fed into an extruder and, in turn, melted. The melted mass of plastic is then passed through a high-pressure die to make a molten sheet that can be utilized for engraving.
No matter the type of acrylic, laser engraving acrylic requires precision and consistency. At TYKMA Electrox, our lasers provide clean, defined marks for your acrylic designs.
Settings for Laser Engraving Acrylic
There are several important laser settings that will factor into the end result of laser engraving acrylic. Power, speed, and frequency are among the most important elements to consider.
If you experience melting or cracking while laser engraving acrylic it is a clear indication that too much heat is being used.
Cast and extruded acrylic require different frequencies when laser engraving them. A low frequency results in a low pulse which reduces the constant energy expended into the acrylic. Low frequency is best for extruded acrylic as it will reduce flaming, boiling, and cutting speed. High frequency is best suited for cast acrylic.
Common Products Made with Laser Marking Acrylic
Laser engraved acrylic is found in several applications across various industries. Some of the most common applications include:
- Signage – Laser engraving acrylic is popularly used for signage in a multitude of businesses.
- Technology – Laser engraved acrylic is commonly found across all levels of technology from computer screens to cell phone screens.
- Furniture and household fixtures – Laser engraved acrylic exists in almost every room of a home. You’ll find it in cabinets, tabletops, and home fixtures.
- Awards – Laser engraved acrylic is well-known for its role in the award and trophy industry, offering a sleek and professional finish.
Why Choose TYKMA Electrox for Laser Engraving Acrylics?
TYKMA Electrox has provided premier, permanent marking solutions for more than 50 years, and we are committed to continued customer service and high-quality laser products. Some of the benefits of choosing our laser marking systems include:
- Production-ready laser marking workstations delivered fully assembled, requiring minimal setup
- Advanced marking capabilities that are designed to exacting quality standards
- Zero calibrations required
- No lamps, water cooling, or alignments needed
- Air-cooled and maintenance-free designs
- Industry-leading warranties
- Compact machine footprints
Additionally, we offer 24/7/365 support to ensure that your systems are working properly and you enjoy all of the benefits of using a TYKMA Electrox laser.
Order Your Laser Marking Equipment Today
TKYMA Electrox offers a wide range of industrial laser engraving machines. We can provide the ideal fit for your laser engraving acrylic needs. Have a question about which laser is right for you? Contact our team today!