Acrylic materials popular in awnings, marine and outdoor leisure products are not weldable. However, there was great demand to bond these materials to eliminate leaking seams, short hot thread life and thread fade.
Miller Weldmaster, along with other industry leaders, developed thermal bonding process. Using hot air, hot wedge, impulse and radio frequency welding plus a special laminated tape that has a very strong adhesive on both sides, creates an extremely durable bond. Perfect for acrylic welding, the adhesive is heat activated followed by pressure from the acrylic bonding rollers and bars, producing a very strong bond.
What is Acrylic?
Acrylic is synthetic fibers made from a polymer. A man-made, high performance material, acrylic is known for its moisture wicking property.
Why Weld Acrylic?
Acrylic welding is common in a number of applications. Many industries use acrylic for the following benefits:
- Oil and chemical resistance
- Moisture resistance
- UV resistance
- Outdoor weathering
- High tenacity and strength
What tape do you use to weld acrylic?
The Fabric Bond Tape and Fabric Bond FR Tape was designed for welding awnings, shades and marine products. It eliminates the need for thread matching, is proven with multiple welding technologies, and creates a clean, waterproof seam. It can be used on multiple materials including Sunbrella®, Sunbrella® Plus, Firesist® and other industry acrylic materials from around the world.
To achieve a proper weld, your machine settings must be correct. This will vary depending on the type of machine you have and material. View our machine specific training videos below for a step by step guide on how to setup your acrylic welding.
Acrylic Welding Machines
Contact us with any questions you may have about how to weld acrylic fabric or about our acrylic welding machine options.
With multiple technologies available, Miller Weldmaster will help you select the best technology for your application.
“After a lot of years trying and using different welding tape, I find this tape to be the best so far! It is very flexible after welding, does not cause material to change shades of color and is more pliable. I highly recommend the Fabric Bond Tape”
– Phil Russel, P.C.R. Restorations, Inc
If you do not see your fabric listed to the left, please contact us and tell us about your fabric welding needs.