Flame polishing is widely used in the plastic fabrication industry for the edge finishing of transparent thermoplastic acrylic. Acrylic is also known as Plexiglas, Perspex, Poly (methyl methacrylate) PMMA, as well as by the trade names Plexiglas, Acrylite, Lucite, Oroglas, Altuglas, and Perspex. After the acrylic is cut, lasered or CNC routed there is often the need to add a final polished edge. Flame polishing is ideally suited to achieve this.
Our equipment uses a standard electrical supply to produce hydrogen and oxygen by the electrolysis of distilled water. It produces a highly efficient, completely safe, low cost heat source.
The gas produced is only done so on demand. This eliminates the need for storing dangerous pressurized gas bottles. The only by product other than energy used, is water. The resultant flame is clean, safe and environmentally friendly.
Whilst not replacing the need for diamond edge polishing and other mechanical finishing operations, flame polishing is ideal for polishing straight or curved edges, internal sections and organic shapes. In addition, it will smooth off sharp diamond polished acrylic, add a final finishing touch to laser cut material and polish CNC routed components. Another benefit is that flame polishing can be used for eliminating scratches that have occurred on the acrylic surface to rejuvenate a piece that would otherwise be scrapped.
Diamond Polishing is a process of mechanically moving sawn or router cut panels across a set of diamond cutters which run at high speed, giving an extremely high quality clean polished edge. This produces a very square, clean edged panels, ideal for fabricating precision boxes and enclosures.
We can combine the two, in order to obtain what we call perfect polish.
For samples of what is achievable, give us a call.