How to Bend Acrylic

Thanks to its clean look, unmatched durability, and that it's easy to cut, acrylic has incredible potential as a building material. In fact, acrylic can also be bent into almost any shape without sacrificing its "water white" clarity. As such, acrylic furniture has invariably emerged as a popular material for the creation of clear furniture. It's also used in more practical applications like to make sunlights, aquarium tanks, and airplane windows. When it comes to bending acrylic, there are a lot of ways you can accomplish such a process!

Acrylic Fabrication is proud to provide a variety of high-quality coffee tables, end tables, and other acrylic furniture. Rated "water white", our acrylic products are perfectly clear. With less visual density, you can make any space look larger. You can also combine our acrylic products with old pieces to give a room an eclectic look. If you're interested in our acrylic furniture, we ship our products within one day! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about how to bend acrylic.

Methods for Bending Acrylic

One advantage that acrylic brings is that it's fairly easy to bend and mold compared to glass. This makes acrylic ideal for applications that require substantial shaping. Here are some of the methods that can be used to bend and shape acrylic:

  • Cold Forming: In some cases, acrylic can be bent without needing to apply heat. This has to be done minimally, because if you overbend acrylic in this way, stress cracking can occur.
  • Line Bending: Line bending is a method used to form sharp angles in acrylic. By routing a "v" shaped line where you plan to make a bend, it's possible to make sharper angles in an acrylic sheet.
  • Drape Forming: Once an acrylic sheet reaches forming temperature, you can drape it over a mold so that it naturally takes that shape.
  • Oven Heating Sheet: Acrylic sheets can be brought to forming temperature in ovens, and then formed accordingly. Attaining the right temperature is crucial. If the sheet is too hot or too cold, forming them can lead to imperfections.

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