What Is Acrylic One (A1)?Imogen
What is Acrylic One?
A1, or Acrylic One to give it its full name, is an incredibly versatile 2-component water-based acrylic material. It can be used for anything from small craft projects and castings through to large art installations, right up to architectural work and building facades. A1 has a 20-25 minute working time and you can be demoulding parts in an hour!
Our A1 Starter Kit has everything you need to trial the material for the first time. The kit contains the base material, which is a 2:1 mineral powder to liquid mix ratio. Similar to plaster, you can mix the materials using a drill with a mixing paddle attached to it. This can be done in a bucket or any other suitable container you may have. For castings, the base material will appear a milky-white colour. However, you can add any of the A1 pigments to add colour to your castings. You can also add metal powders or various other fillers, so that you can achieve your desired effect.
The Starter Kit also contains Triaxial Fibre. The fibre matting can be used to reinforce the A1 in a very similar way to traditional fibre glass. This allows you to create very thin yet extremely strong hollow parts. As well as allowing you to create support shells for your silicone moulds. We also provide a Thixotropic Agent, which thickens the base material allowing you to use it for brush on application. This means you can create much thicker build ups than what would be possible with the Base Material alone. As well as this, the kit contains mixing cups, mixing sticks, gloves and a laminating brush.
A1 Support Shell by Neil Gorton.
As well as the A1 Starter Kit, we stock sealers in Matte, Satin and Gloss. Meaning, if you were creating items for outdoor use, you can seal your final casting to make it resilient to rain water. There are also additional additives that you can use to make the A1 material suitable for rotational casting or even allowing you to spray the material. As well as this, we offer additives that allow you to speed up or slow down the cure time depending on what you are using it for.
As a material, A1 is an incredibly strong and versatile material making it perfect for hobbyists and industry professionals. On a per kilo basis, A1 is a much lower cost material than a lot of traditional casting resins, allowing you to create really high quality parts but on a much lower budget.
We would love to see what projects you use A1 for! If you’d like to get in touch to show us what you’ve created using the A1 and for a chance to be featured on our Instagram and Facebook pages, please email email@example.com.