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Cutting Dibond - how to cut an aluminum composite panel
ACP sheet is an extremely popular material. We offer several solutions for cutting aluminium sandwich boards.
Aluminium composite sandwich board (ACP: aluminium composite panel or ACM: aluminum composite material) is a popular material. It is neither get broken nor get warped by greater physical effect. It stays rigid for a long time, can withstand UV radiation. Available in several colours. It can be printed by screen printing or digital UV printer, can be well decorated with foil. Due to its multi-layered structure, can be engraved to create contrasting inscriptions. Available in natural, white, coloured or brushed surfaces. It has a longer service life than PVC sheet. Excellent value for money, low self-weight material.
In the aluminium composite material board for the advertising industry, two 0.1-0.3 mm thick aluminium sheets sandwich a hard polymer plastic core. Total thickness 2-3 mm. Well-known brands: Dibond, Alubond, Reynobond, XL Bond, Alupanel Lite.
The materials used in the construction industry are made with a thicker, 0.5 mm aluminium coating and a 4-5 mm thick PE or refractory core. Well-known brands: Alucobond, Alupanel, Etalbond, Prefabond.
Aluminium sandwich sheets are well machinable, customizable, cold bendable, can be cut, sawn, milled, engraved, drilled. Here are some tips for cutting. How to cut an aluminium sandwich board? There are several methods to cut sandwich boards. It is worth considering whether you cut occasionally or often, undertake the post-production or simply do not want to deburr or file the cutting edges.
The most simple way is scoring and snapping. Thinner Dibond plates can be cut with a razor knife, next to a straight ruler. The blade has to be pushed on the material several times, and if it is sufficiently weakened, the material can be broken in half. This youtube video from 3:20 to 8:40 shows someone using a utility knife with a breakable blade. The blade has become already worn while cutting a single sheet and has to be replaced.
The V-REBEL 'V-cutter' option available for GLADIUM machines allows V-grooving for bending plates. The grooving and incision are also required for fitting and bending Alucobond boards.
While the above-mentioned methods allow the board to be cut in a straight line only, any shape can be cut using a router or a milling machine. The sandwich sheet can be milled, its surface can be engraved (eg. for inscriptions) or folded by grooving.