Can you vacuum form Acriglas®?
Yes I can! But if you want to know if you can, then I’ll tell you about some of its limitations.
First of all, the minimum thickness we can cast Acriglas® is 1/8″. This in itself will limit the depth of draw and the sharpness of corners and finer details that are possible. Acriglas® may not be able to achieve the desired effect for very complex vacuum form applications. Match mold forming, pressure forming with plug assist, and techniques other than just simple vacuum forming can help to overcome some of these limitations, but not all.
Additionally, if we know in advance that you wish to form the Acriglas®, we can make adjustments to its chemistry that may help. For example, adding plasticizers to the sheet will help allow the material form at slightly lower temperatures. It will also make it more pliable, more impact resistant, and less apt to tear in the forming process. And other adjustments can be made as well. The more we know about what you are doing with Acriglas®, the better we can help you work with it. Because everything is custom cast, modifications to composition are really no problem.
Standard thermoforming is no problem at all, and sheets do not require annealing or pre-drying before forming. So knock yourselves out! Be creative and get the look you want in Acriglas®.