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5a. Shape & Form

Advanced Acrylic Shape and Form

Creating beautiful shape and form

Our team at Midton work with a wide range of materials, but it’s our skills in the shape and form of acrylic that set us apart. We pride ourselves on our ability to cast a high grade of acrylic plastic, combined with skilled engineered finishes, to guarantee unparalleled geometric and organic forms.

Midton’s highly skilled craftsmen slump, vac, mould, cast, turn and mill acrylic sheets to create signature pieces for our clients. We are continually adapting, developing and advancing our techniques to produce only the highest quality moulded acrylic. Our aim is always to complement and enhance the elements of art in your installation. 

The team at Midton are also committed to ensuring we use sustainable plastic wherever possible. By applying our deep understanding of acrylic and the process, we can produce shapes for any requirement. We proudly offer elegant and affordable acrylic sculptures and solutions for one-off pieces and small to medium batch manufacture.

Working with Acrylic

Whether you’re searching for custom interior features, acrylic lighting installations, or engineering projects, Midton is here to help. Since acrylic is an optically clear and versatile thermoplastic, the material can be moulded, shaped and reshaped to create stunning geometric and organic shape and form. These material traits position acrylic sheets to be suited for a wide range of low tech fabrication techniques. Acrylic is easily the go-to material for bespoke point of sale displays and in-store product displays.  

As a result of its shatter and heat resistance, relatively low cost and speed of production, our team is seeing an increase in the use of acrylic for other interior features. Cast acrylic is particularly suitable for small batch production and custom pieces, as it doesn’t carry unreasonable tooling costs.

Midton has a unique offer when it comes to acrylic castings and material manipulation. We are proud to provide a wide range of colour and embedment options alongside our plastic moulding, engineering and fabrication techniques.

Acrylic Lenses
Acrylic Lenses

Focus or Disperse

Acrylic Light Diffusers
Acrylic Light Diffusers

Soften, Scatter, Defuse

Reflect Light with Acrylic
Reflect Light with Acrylic

Bounce and Reflect

Decorative Centre Pieces
Decorative Centre Pieces

Sculpt, Form

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Moulded Acrylic

Creating moulds is one of Midton's most exciting areas in Midton’s production department and is subject to constant R&D.  Today, we use a wide range of methods, materials and technologies to produce sustainable moulding solutions. 

For geometric shapes, we favour sheet metal solutions for large volumes and recyclable coated cardboard for small runs.  Through an iterative process, we have developed a range of box nets and sheet templates. Providing structural stability and ensuring minimal processing and wastage post casting.  

Investment in bigger and increasingly advanced technology has opened up a wealth of opportunity for moulded acrylic forms at Midton.

When it comes to complex 3D figurative and organic forms, we traditionally use a specialist vacuum forming process.  Over the years developing detailed, multi-part mould solutions that produce beautiful objects with a near-finished surface.  

Now with FDM and SLA print technologies as well as 4th axis milling onsite. There is a significant advancement in the use of refined aluminium and 3D printing tooling. Enabling a higher level of dimension accuracy without the requirement for costly post-processing.

Acrylic Fabrication

At Midton we use a variety of acrylic fabrication methods to deliver sheet based projects. To create beautiful sheet installations it is important to understand the limitations and advantages of different processes. 

If you require flowing forms and sweeping curves the slumping is the process to use. This involves the heating of a full sheet or targeted heating of wide sections. Once hot the sheet is laid over, or pressed into, a mould form and slowly cooled. Depending on the form and level of detail required slumping can be successful in sheets up to 10mm thick.

Strip bending is best when folds and bends at specific angles are required in the design. This process involves heated wires that soften a narrow strip of the material. This process works best with thinner material, 2 - 6 mm, and enables tight bends to be achieved at specific points. 

Prior to forming sheet can be cut to size by saw or for more detail shapes we laser cut our acrylic sheet with our CO2 lasers - this allows for a remarkably fast operation, cutting through various thicknesses but leaving a gloss finished edge.  

Once formed we have a variety of bonding solutions from crystal clear UV curing adhesives and ultra-strong acrylic cements to mechanical fixings and mounting features.. Our team can advise on the best solution for your project and what acrylic fabrication methods would suit your product.

Engineered Forms

When high tolerance finishes or intricate details are required, we have a suite of HAAS CNC mills and lathes on hand.  Our CNC tools operated by machinists specialising in acrylic machining. Cross trained in all areas of acrylic production they are truly masters of their craft.  

Utilising this broad depth of knowledge of this material or team can guide your project through the production using only the most appropriate processes. This often results in partial moulding with an engineered finishing. Reducing material wastage and providing high tolerance parts quickly. 

For small runs it's often more efficient  to fully machine parts rather than invest in mould. The addition of 4 axis tools and simultaneous machining softwares make this a straightforward task. In house we can 3d machine parts upto 950mm x 550mm x 540mm. For larger sized pieces we collaborate with long term partners to cast, engineer and finish blocks. 

If you have an engineering project and would like to discuss production with a technical expert please get in touch. 

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Creative and Design Service

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