Can ACRYLITE® Satinice acrylic sheet be thermoformed?

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Can ACRYLITE® Satinice acrylic sheet be thermoformed?

ACRYLITE® Satinice SC and ACRYLITE® Satinice DC acrylic sheet are cell cast acrylic sheets with a frosted texture. ACRYLITE® Satinice SC sheet contains the frosted texture on one side while ACRYLITE® Satinice DC sheet contains the frosted texture on both sides of the sheet.

When thermoforming ACRYLITE® Satinice sheet, one concern is the loss of the texture on the sheet surface. The surface texture could be lost if the sheet temperature or draw ratio is too high. To help prevent losing the surface texture, heat the sheet to a temperature in the lower region of the thermoforming temperature range. The thermoforming temperature range for ACRYLITE® cast (GP) sheet is 340 - 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, shallow draw thermoforming techniques such as drape forming should be utilized. Vacuum forming or pressure forming with a high draw ratio may cause the textured surface to be lost. It is strongly recommended that sample pieces are thermoformed first to ensure acceptable results.

Roehm America also offers a line of frosted textured acrylic sheet called ACRYLITE® extruded (FF) Crystal Ice acrylic sheet. ACRYLITE® extruded (FF) Crystal Ice sheet is a continuously manufactured acrylic sheet with the textured surface available on one or both sides. An advantage of ACRYLITE® extruded (FF) Crystal Ice sheet is the ability to retain the textured surface after thermoforming sharp draws.

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