Acrylic rod retains the workability of acrylic sheet but in a round or profiled form. There are two methods used in the manufacture of acrylic rod:
Extruded Acrylic Rod
Extruded acrylic rod provides an economical alternative to the higher quality finish of cast acrylic rod, but is limited to a maximum diameter of 40mm. Extruded acrylic rod is not suitable for machining due to how the chemical bonds are formed during the extrusion process.
Cast Acrylic Rod
Cast acrylic rod provides a highly polished and high quality optical finish. Cast acrylic rod is manufactured in lower volumes and offers finished rod diameters of up to 200mm.
Acrylic rod is commonly referred to as:
- Perspex rod
- Plexiglas rod
- Acrillic rod
- Clear plastic rod