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Question Where to get wholesale, precut Optix DA acrylic?

Discussion in 'Materials' started by Anthony DePalma, Jun 26, 2019.

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  1. Anthony DePalma

    Anthony DePalma New Member

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    Hello, I am looking for a distributor of Optix DA for direct to acrylic printing. Does anyone have a wholesale manufacturer they can recommend that can precut sheets to certain sizes (8.5x11).

    Do you think there are big savings to cut the sheet myself instead? I don't know if thats a slow process or what kind of hardware is used, however.

    Also if anyone recommends any other brands of acrylic that are meant for printing without a promoter, that may be the same or less expensive, please let me know. Thanks!
     
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  3. VISCOM

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    Harbor Sales sells Optix DA 1/8" / 3/16" / 1/4" thickness... I use this all the time great stuff
     
  4. rossmosh

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    Contact your acrylic supplier and get a price quote for them to cut the sheet down to size.

    Then contact a local person with a 4x8 laser cutter (best tool for the job) or 4x8 CNC (slightly worse) and ask them for a price quote for the same task.

    Take the pricing and compare it to the cost and time to cut it yourself using a decent table saw. Then proceed how you feel would benefit you most.
     
  5. Anthony DePalma

    Anthony DePalma New Member

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    Ah I was wondering what the bigger companies use to cut these sheets. I guess the main benefit with the laser cutter is you can set the whole sheet down to be cut cleanly and automatically? I might even investigate one of these machines for myself..
     
  6. SignMeUpGraphics

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    Absolutely laser cut... perfectly clean edges that require zero work to make them look spectactular.
     
  7. Anthony DePalma

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    Question if you please - is the coating translucent? Meaning if I were to only print on half of the printable surface, would the unprinted part still remain see-through? Is there any haze that prevents light from passing through?
     
  8. SignMeUpGraphics

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    Optix is completely transparent (even with the DA coating). Unless you're laying down ink, it's going to remain clear.
     
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