Making an Acrylic Box? Here is the Best Solution for Acrylic Joinery

Making an Acrylic Box? Here is the Best Solution for Acrylic Joinery

Acrylic is a popular material for making all sorts of things, from display cases to signage to furniture. But when you want to join two pieces of acrylic together, what's the best way to do it? One option is chemical welding with IPS Weld-On.

The main ingredient in IPS Weld-On is dichloromethane, also known as methylene chloride. This chemical is incredibly effective at bonding acrylic together. The process is simple: fully assemble your project, then apply a thin line of the Weld-On to the joint edges. The Weld-On wicks its way underneath the mating surfaces, dissolving a bit of the acrylic as it goes. When it evaporates, the acrylic re-hardens, and the two pieces are joined as one.

It's important to note that the pieces should fit together reasonably well. Weld-On won't bridge any large gaps, so make sure your pieces are cut with kerf compensation turned on in your laser software.

IPS Weld-On comes in several different formulations, each with its own set time and viscosity. If you're in a hurry, Weld-On #3 is the fastest-setting option. Weld-On #4 sets slower, while Weld-On #16 is thicker and doesn't wick like the other two.

Of course, it's important to use IPS Weld-On in a well-ventilated area. Dichloromethane can be harmful to your lungs, and it evaporates quickly. But with proper precautions, chemical welding with IPS Weld-On is an easy and effective way to join acrylic. If you're looking to give chemical welding a try, we recommend checking out our selection of IPS Weld-On products. Our website has everything you need to get started, including the Weld-On itself and tools for applying it. We also offer fast shipping and excellent customer service. Give chemical welding a try and see the difference it can make in your acrylic projects.

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