Styrene, also known as ethenylbenzene is a cheap plastic that has many usages. Everything from food packaging to model building kits are commonly made from styrene do to its low price, relatively high stiffness and its ease of manufacturing.
This material is available in 1mm thick sheets in white and transparent.
When laser cutting styrene the cuts become somewhat burned and a small edge of slag can form on the underside of your part.
Available thicknesses and colors
- 1mm - White
- 1mm - Transparent
- 1mm - White - 740mm * 490mm
- 1mm - Transparent - 1000mm * 610mm
How does it look once laser cut?
Below: Backside of cut part.
Transparent styrene is delivered with a protective plastic film on both sides, compared to the white variant that only has protective film on one side.
Below: Adding a lot of fill engraving to styrene will make the material curve towards the engraving.
Below: Flashbacks on the backside of the part.
Hints from TechStation!
Styrene plastics are heat formable and commonly used in industry for both injection moulding and vacuum forming.
+ Low price
+ 1mm thick
+ Heat formable
- Somewhat brittle
- Density: 909 kg/m3M
- Melting point: ~240 °C (decomposes at lower temperature)