The Versatile, Lightweight, & Scratch-Resistant Alternative To Glass

Acrylic Manifolds & Their Uses

Polished acrylic components comprise most of the optically clear parts in use today. In its uncolored grade, acrylic has clarity equivalent to glass but is lighter in weight, more rigid, and more resistant to scratches and breakage. It is one of the least expensive materials for optically clear parts, and it features a tint-free finish. Acrylic is also a versatile alternative to both glass and heavier plastics, easily withstanding dramatic temperature changes.

  • Cost Efficient & Bondable

    Acrylic manifolds offer teams a cost-efficient option for use in mild environments. The material also bonds easily and effectively. 

  • Optics Capable with Excellent Light Transmission

    Acrylic manifolds offer up to Grade 4 clarity for optimal optics, if needed. Along with its 92% light transmission rate, this material grants high visibility for full channel and passage inspection in components.

  • UV Stable & Scratch Resistant

    Remaining stable during UV exposure, acrylic can withstand some elements commonly used in research and pneumatics. It also has a higher resistance to scratches, making them more suitable for long-term use if handled appropriately. 

 Acrylic's General Engineering Characteristics

Acrylic is the most frequently used materials for bonded device manifolds, due to its low cost and excellent clarity. It can easily be machined and bonded into components and assemblies. Here are some other characteristics:



Acrylic is the closest plastic substitute for window glass. General purpose-grade cast and polished acrylic parts will block UV wavelengths up to 360 NM (for applications requiring transmittance of 280 NM and above, consider UVT grade). Total internal reflection is possible in acrylic parts, making them useful in light pipe applications.

Acrylic has good weathering ability, high impact resistance, and good chemical resistance and dimensional stability. A skilled machinist can make drilled holes in acrylic straight and clear. Buffing, flame polishing, and optical machining are all effective polishing processes for acrylic. Acrylic polishing allows for many novel edge lighting approaches, and highly polished acrylic lenses are often produced by optical machining.

Acrylic performs well in pneumatic and vacuum applications. Operating pressures as high as 150 psi (depending on channel layout) can be supported.