What We Do
Novacrylics can bond a number of plastics, most notably acrylic. With acrylics we use either a solvent welding, two-part adhesive or UV curing adhesives, in all cases the adhesives form an optically clear joint free of bubbles. Two part adhesives are more difficult to use than the solvent welding technique but are much stronger and are therefore suitable for use in acrylic aquariums & tanks. Novacrylics are capable of laminating a number of different plastics including clear acrylic and polycarbonate, again utilising either a two part adhesive or UV adhesives.
Novacrylics Engineering are capable of fabricating a wide range of plastic materials and there are many processes available in house. We primarily fabricate in the materials listed below. We are able to produce one offs or tens of thousands of parts in our fabrication workshop, we can also help you to design, troubleshoot and install your item if you require it.
Novacrylics Engineering specialize in fabricating the following plastics: > Acrylic > Polycarbonate > Polypropylene > Foam PVC > PETG > PVC For more information and a datasheet on one of the materials above, please click the relevant material. If a material you require is not listed then please call us to discuss your requirement. If you are not certain of which material is the best for your application then we can advise you as to which is the most suitable
> Line Bending Bend rigid plastic sheets to any angle, up to 3000mm. > Bonding & UV Bonding Bubble free bonding of Acrylics. > Plastic Welding Weld PP, PE, PVC, PC, PETG etc > CNC Routing Computer controlled profiling to any shape. > Annealing Remove stress from formed plastics. > Drape Forming Create wide bends and other simple shapes. > Flame Polishing Polish and remove sharp edge from acrylic. > Dome Blowing Create hemispheres up to 610mm dia. > Press Forming Forming of acrylics with high gloss/clarity. > Diamond Polishing Crystal clear, stress free edges on acrylic. > Laser Cutting Cutting of Acrylic with polished edge. > Vinyl Printing and cutting Printing and application of vinyl graphics. For more information on a process above please call us or send us an email enquiry.
Flame polishing is ideal for polishing thin edges of acrylic, especially clear extruded sheet for point-of-sale items because it is fast and effective. A good routered or scraped edge is essential for flame polishing. The technique requires practice to achieve the desired level of skill. Only the slightest impingement of the hottest part of the flame is required as the operator rapidly passes the flame across the work. Annealing of the workpiece will be necessary if the flame polished edges are to be cemented or decorated as flame polishing induces stresses into the acrylic. Flame polishing can be difficult on certain heavily pigmented colours resulting in a matt finish or discolouration, buffing or diamond polishing is advised for colours where possible, however diamond polishing will only polish a straight edge and buff polishing is more labour intensive. Novacrylics frequently polish the edges of point of sale products using this method and have 2 flame polishers capable of supporting 4 users.
Line BendingLine bending is a process whereby a plastic sheet is heated along a small area until the plastic reaches its forming temperature, the sheet is then placed into a cooling jig that is designed to cool the plastic sheet into its newly formed shape. There are three stages to performing a line bend: 1 - Heat the sheet along a bend line, 2 - Bend the sheet, usually by hand, 3 - Secure the sheet into a cooling jig. This process is done using a line bender (also referred to as a strip heater) which is a machine that uses tensioned wire that is heated, when this wire is placed in close proximity to the material the plastic is heated along that bend line. Novacrylics Engineering have three line benders capable of producing up to 4 bends simultaneously at a length of up to 3000mm and in plastics up to 12mm thick.
Novacrylics Engineering offer a full CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) plastic & wood routing service. Simply send us a drawing of a profile you wish to have routed and we will quickly price up a competitive quote based on the quantity you ask for whether its 1 or 10000. We currently have 2 CNC routers capable of machining up to 2500 x 1250 x 100mm thick. The routers have toolchanging facilities and multiple heads, ideal for machining complex parts and large quantities. We are constantly updating & upgrading our machinery.
We CNC Router a wide range of materials: > Acrylic > Polycarbonate > Polypropylene > Foam PVC > PETG > Reynobond> MDF > Plywood > Polyethylene > Styrene > PVC If a material you require is not listed then please call us to discuss your requirement. If you are not certain of which material is the best for your application then we can advise you as to which is the most suitable.