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Aluminum composite material or ACM is a unique laminated material. It has a polyethylene core with aluminum cap layers. The aluminum comes in two thicknesses, .008 and .012. The .008 thickness can be used for situations where you are not bending the part. The .012 thickness aluminum facing is what we traditionally use because it allows us to apply grooves to the part and easily hand bend it. The bending can be done by Envision Plastics or completed in the field by our customer. Bending in the field can save our customers on shipping and warehouse costs due to the part being flat instead of a formed enclosure. The aluminum facing comes with multiple finish options such as pre-painted white or black. It is also available in a brushed aluminum.
ACM is a very rigid material due to the lamination process, and it is also maintains excellent flatness as a characteristic. ACM is produced by many different material manufacturers, some of the most common are Dibond by 3A Composites, Alupanel by Multipanel, and Apolic by Mitsibishi Plastics.