Where it all comes together.
Our casting department is the core of our business and the envy of our competitors.
We benefit from having a team of highly skilled and experienced technicians who are continually developing new techniques and processes for manufactured acrylic.
With acute attention to detail, our casting team manipulate the science of acrylic production to meet the individual demands of each design.
Contributions from the design, print and modelling departments are combined in the casting process to create totally unique products. Once cast the acrylics undergo various stages of finishing and post processing.
Please contact our team to discuss your requirements or read on for more information on cast acrylic.
PMMA is the chemical name for acrylic although you may also know it by one of its many trade names; Plexiglas, Lucite, Altuglas or Perspex.
PMMA(acrylic) is a transparent thermoplastic with extremely high optical clarity. There are two basic types of acrylic, cast and extruded. Extruded acrylic is a mass production product created by continually pushing acrylic through a form whilst the chemical process takes place.
At Midton Acrylics we specilise in cell cast acrylic which is higher quality than extruded and can be manufactured on a much smaller scale. We produce cast acrylics by pouring the liquid plastic into moulds and subjecting the moulds to varying levels of heat and pressure whilst the chemical process occurs.
The images to the left show the raw ingredients that combine to make the liquid acrylic. Polymer, the powder, is mixed with the liquid monomer to create a pourable slurry. At the mixing stage we are able to create different colours and textures by adding various pigments and fillers.
Once poured the moulds containing the acrylic slurry are transported to the autoclaves, seen in the last image, were chemical process takes place.
To find out more about moulding, machining and personalising cast acrylic continue to browse our services pages.