Cutting Acrylic / Plexi glass with a Standard Router

Modified on Wed, 22 May at 5:17 PM

  • There is a wide variety of acrylic material, from soft to very hard.
  • When routing acrylic, obtaining a smooth/transparent edge requires careful attention.
  • The wear on the bit is higher than on PVC, but still acceptable.
  • We advise using bits that have not been used with other materials.
  • Summa’s universal bits can be used to route acrylic, however, the edge quality isn’t optimal. (Specialized bit stores have specific bits for Acrylic)

Tips for cutting Acrylic / Plexi Glass with a Standard Router:

  • Speed (4mm Summa bit): 60mm/sec (A higher speed is possible, but the edge quality is reduced)
  • For better edge quality, a lower speed (10-40mm/sec) for the cleaning pass is recommended.
  • Counterclockwise - (small bit (3mm)–clockwise) The edge quality improves with thicker bit diameters.
  • Using a cleaning pass is highly recommended.
  • Embossing sizeable areas in clear acrylic is not advised due to quality issues.

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