Styrene, High Impact Polystyrene or 'HIPS', is a lightweight black thermoplastic with a glossy finish on one side and a matt finish on the other.
Black HIPS is supplied to us with no protective wrapping. We generally mask this material prior to cutting to protect it from heat marks.
Styrene has a lower melting point than our cast acrylics (PMMA), which means that it's better suited to laser cutting simple shapes and outlines. Intricate designs are not recommended for this material.
Although this material can be engraved the results will not be as crisp as engraved cast acrylic (PMMA).
We recommend using this material as a base layer for laser cut designs containing several different types of acrylic as this will reduce the overall thickness of the design by up to 2mm (where 2 layers of 3mm would ordinarily be used).
Our black 1mm HIPS has a glossy finish on one side and a matt finish on the other. This material does not come masked as standard and as such minor scratches and other small imperfections can be found on its surface.
**The low melting point of this material means that it is prone to warping when laser cut. It is therefore, advisable to leave larger gaps between objects when tiling your designs.**
A slight lip is noticeable along the cut edge of thicker HIPS sheets but this is barely noticeable on our 1mm sheets.
Gluing & Joining
We recommend using either an Epoxy Resin such as E6000, a plastic cement such as Tensol or a cyanoacrylate cement (superglue) for bonding acrylic. However solvents such as Dichloromethane and Chloroform can also be used to fuse and set the plastic at the joint, creating an almost invisible weld.
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