TRANSFORMING CAST ACRYLIC SHEETS
AAT ACRYLICS can transform PLEXIGLAS® acrylic into domes, tunnels, cylinders, curved and corner panels using thermoforming, bonding and annealing techniques.
Thermoforming is a manufacturing process where the raw sheet is heated to a pliable forming temperature, then formed to a specific shape in a mould. This process is used to create tunnels and curved panels, along with other interesting shapes.
Bonding is a process joining two or more panels to extend their length / size to achieve the impressive feature panels. More than just gluing, bonding is a chemical process which alters and resets the molecular structure of the acrylic panels. The bonding reaction is temperature and time controlled so that once complete provides a bond of excellent strength and clarity.
Annealing occurs both during the original panel manufacturing and also following some of the value add processes of lamination and bonding. The process of slowly heating and cooling a panel to consume any rest monomer in the cast panel and to relieve any internal stress in the panel following value add production takes place in a low temperature oven. At the end of the process the internal chemical structure is cross-linked providing a structurally sound and quality product.