Transparent Parts Vacuum Casting


Cool gadgets with transparent technology is coming back in the 2020s. For example, Chinese mobile phone brand One Plus issued the Noting ear (1) with transparent design, and their transparent phone Nothing Phone (2) was released a couple cases ago.


More samples like Apple’s Beats, launched Studio Buds+ with a remarkable transparent cloudy plastic material, and Korg, the instrument corporation in Japan, declared the 20th Anniversary MicroKorg Synth in an exclusive "Crystal" CMF (Color, Material, Finish).


What materials can suit the rapid prototype manufacturing with vacuum casting technologies?


PMMA (Acrylic)

PMMA, commonly referred to as acrylic or acrylic glass, is a transparent, rigid thermoplastic that is often used in place of glass due to its superior durability. Additionally, PMMA has several technical benefits when compared to similar materials such as PC and PS; notably, a greater resistance to UV light and weathering.



Polycarbonate is a light yet strong, clear thermoplastic containing carbonate functional groups. Due to its impressive durability, PC has proven to be a viable replacement for glass. Vacuum casting is a popular method used to manipulate PC, as the material is heated, placed into a mould, and pressured to create the desired form.