PLEXIGLAS proTerra in laser test

Laser cutting of recycled acrylic

As one of the world's leading manufacturers of acrylics, Röhm has recognized the global trend towards greater sustainability. A first result of this rethinking is the new PLEXIGLAS® proTerra. With 90% recycled content, the new PLEXIGLAS® protects the environment and loows to be used in more sustainable projects without being inferior to the proven brand quality. In this way, Röhm wants to ensure a resource-saving circular economy. Old PLEXIGLAS® becomes new PLEXIGLAS®. We took a closer look at the cutting properties in our application center.

Properties of PLEXIGLAS® proTerra:

  • UV-impermeable
  • Low thickness tolerance
  • Very high resistance to weathering and aging
  • More resistant to breakage and a lighter weight compared to glass
  • Versatile
  • Easy to bond
  • 90% recycled PLEXIGLAS®

The test setup: XL-1600 with 400 watts laser

System size: XL-1600
Ideal system size for standardized half-sheet.

Table concept: Raster plate
Perfect for acrylic applications due to its special surface.

Laser source: 400 watts
For the highest cutting speed and to cut thicker materials.

Test result:

Just as good as regular Plexiglas®

Our extensive processing tests have shown that PLEXIGLAS® proTerra can be processed just as well as other acrylic variants. The material can be cut and engraved with our systems. The processing parameters are identical to those of extruded PMMA. PLEXIGLAS® proTerra is therefore a more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional PLEXIGLAS®​​​​​​​, which is in no way inferior to the original in terms of quality and can be processed in exactly the same way.

Coextrusion of recycled PLEXIGLAS®

PLEXIGLAS® proTerra is manufactured using the so-called coextrusion process. By definition, this is the merging of similar or dissimilar plastic melts as they leave a die. In this specific case, therefore, the molten acrylic is not just forced through a die to a desired thickness, as is the case with extruded acrylic. Instead, a core of recycled acrylic is created, while virgin material is found on the outer edges. The result is a high-performance material.

PLEXIGLAS® proTerra 3mm

PLEXIGLAS® proTerra is available in the variants black and colorless. Depending on this, there are different areas of application. The recycled acrylic can be used just like an extruded acrylic. This includes, for example, the use as displays, decorative elements in interior design, architecture, privacy screens, illuminants, advertising materials, displays and equipment for trade fairs.

Suitability for laser cutting: excellently suitable

Do you have any questions? We are pleased to advise you.

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