Extruded acrylic sheet offers excellent thickness tolerance and is extremely easy to vacuum form, making it ideal for applications where complex shapes are required.
Whereas PERSPEX® cast is produced in small batches, extruded acrylic sheet is made by extruding acrylic polymer over longer, more economical production runs. Consequently, the extruded sheet is not available in the same extensive range of colours, thicknesses and finishes. However, it is more economical and is suitable for applications where thermoforming and vacuum forming are required to achieve intricate shapes.
We stock a wide range of extruded acrylic – see the links below for details of the sheet sizes available within each range.
What Is Extruded Acrylic?
Extruded acrylic is acrylic plastic that is manufactured by extrusion. This process involves heating and then feeding the acrylic polymer through a barrel, continuously. The position of the rollers will create the resulting thickness, the manufacturing process creates a material with a higher thickness tolerance, achieving +/-5% variance (3mm-20mm). Extruded acrylic is easy to laser cut, rout, mold and polish.
Why Choose Extruded Acrylic
Extruded acrylic is more cost-effective than cast acrylic and depending on the application is more suitable as it is a better acrylic for achieving intricate shapes and designs.
Clear extruded acrylic is excellent at withstanding the elements with no visible changes expected from UV exposure for up to 10 years.
Although the optical clarity is not as high as cast acrylic, extruded acrylic still has high clarity, so unless the optimal clarity is required, extruded acrylic is a suitable material.
Extruded acrylic can be polished to give a high gloss finish. The material can be repolished time and time again to rejuvenate the material.
Extruded acrylic is suitable for thermoforming and vacuum forming, this method of manipulating the material will allow you to create complex shapes and products.
Extruded Acrylic Plastic Uses
- Point of sale displays
- Light fittings
- Display cases
Extruded Acrylic Sheet Cut To Size
We offer extruded acrylic sheet cut to size service to match your specific requirements. Let us know your dimensions and thickness requirements and we’ll do the rest. The maximum extruded acrylic sheet size we offer is 3050mm x 2050mm. See our material range tabs for details of standard sheet thicknesses in each range.