Properties of the materials
What is Polystyrol? How is it processed?
We use polystyrene as an extruded, stiff and thermoplastically deformable sheet material for surface finishing or stencil production. It is easy to water jet and can be used indoors. The surfaces are brilliant and available in white, black, red, optionally in matt and glossy, in thicknesses of 0.5-3 mm. Another PS version is the EPS: foamed polystyrene, better known as styrofoam. In contrast to the stiff board material, EPS is flame retardant and therefore in fire class B1. It can also be used indoors. The 1250 x 2500 x 1000 mm blocks are shaped using CNC-controlled hot wires. The material can be glued well and painted with binder paint.
What is PVC rigid foam? How is it processed?
Foamed PVC is light and can be easily sawed with a milling machine and a water jet. It is easy to be glued and thermally deformable. PVC hard foam is used under the brand names Forex and Simopor in the thicknesses 2/3/4/5/8/10/13/15 / 19mm. Forex offers an easy alternative – the SmartX, which is available in the thicknesses of 5 and 10mm. The color white is standard here. The color black is also available with a thickness of 3 mm and 5 mm. The colors blue, red, yellow, green and gray are available on request. Hard foam is made for indoor use and can be painted easily.
What is PE-foam? How is it processed?
PE foam (polyethylene foam) is a very dense, extremely fine and firm foam that is water-jetable and available in thicknesses of 5/10/20/30/40/50/70/80 / 100 mm in black and white. It is easy to paint and its surface can be refined with other materials. PE-foam is made for short term uses only, especially when its painted and covered. Unpainted, however, it can be used longer as inlays and case inserts.
What is acrylic glass? How is it processed?
Acrylic glass, a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), is a synthetic, glass-like thermoplastic. It is easy to grind, drill and glue and it is weather and age resistant. Acrylic glass is also UV-resistant and hardly yellowed after many years. The company Plexiglas gives a guarantee of 30 years. It is unbreakable, impact-resistant and burns off almost smoke-free, without acute toxic smoke gases. Colorless acrylic glass has a light transmission of 92%. There is also a very large selection of colored materials and a wide variety of surfaces. There are 2 large subdivision classes: Acrylic glass XT is extruded material. Due to the manufacturing process, the thickness tolerances within a panel are minimal. Colorless acrylic glass XT is available in thicknesss of 1,5 – 25 mm. The second important class is acrylic glass GS – cast material. Here the thickness tolerances fluctuate within a plate, but the processing latitude is wider than with the XT version and has an excellent surface quality. GS is available in thicknessed of 2 – 160 mm. Acrylic glass can be laser, milled and water-jetted.
What are aluminum composite materials? How are they processed?
Aluminum composite material consists of a plastic core and two aluminum cover layers. The mertaial is light, dimensionally stable and durable. Aluminum composite panels have a wide variety of possible uses. They have high weather and UV resistance, are easy to print and stick on. There is a wide selection of colors and surface looks in 3/4/6 mm thickness.