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Frequently Asked Questions: Acetate?
What is Acetate film and acetate sheet? Many people use the term “acetate film” to generically refer to plastic film. However, acetate film is really a specific type of plastic material called cellulose acetate.

It is made of a polymer that is made from wood-pulp and or cotton fibers. Cellulose Acetate comes in 2 derivatives, Di-Acetate and Tri-Acetate. Grafix Plastics is one of the largest stocking converters of Cellulose Di-Acetate in North America. We also stock Tri-Acetate but in a lesser variety or quantity as Di-Acetate.

Acetate film is produced by 2 mechanical methods. Solvent Casting or Forced Extrusion. Solvent cast or Cast Acetate is the type of acetate we stock at Grafix Plastics, because of its superior clarity and surface quality

Because Acetate is made from wood-pulp, it has certain attributes that are sometimes desirable and sometimes something you want to avoid.... depending on your application.

Attributes of Grafix’s Cellulose Acetate Film:

  • Glass-like clarity
  • Very uniform optical properties and low birefringence
  • Good dimensional stability
  • Easily torn (low tear strength)
  • Easily die-cut
  • Printable with conventional screen and offset printing methods
  • Melt point of about 225 degrees F./110 degrees C
  • Approved world wide for indirect and direct food and medical applications
  • Available in Clear and Matte
  • Many custom production options: Colors, Finishes, Dies, etc.
  • Available in wide range of thicknesses .001" - .020"

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