Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between Lucite and Acrylic?
A: There are many different types and grades of Acrylic. Lucite is a brand
name of acrylic that is used that has become synonymous with acrylic
embedments. Plexiglas is another trade name of sheet cast or extruded
Q: What is an Acetate?
A: An acetate is a thin clear piece of transparency material. The material
is silk screened one color at a time much like a t-shirt. Multiple colors
can be trapped. The effect once embedded is that the artwork appears
floating in the acrylic. At certain angles or if looking close enough you
can see the edge of the acetate material.
Q: Can I do an Acetate if my artwork is process colors?
A: Yes. Our new electronic print process can print your artwork on acetate
in most cases. Please check with your sales representative to confirm if
your artwork is a good candidate for this process.
Q: Is Lucite perfectly clear?
A: No, but it is one of the most optically clear materials known with a
light transmittance of nearly 93%. However, small impurities and
crystallizations can appear in the finished product because our materials
are all mixed by hand.
Q: Can I embed my own items?
A: Not everything embeds in our Lucite acrylic successfully. The reason
why we offer so many options in our in-house processes, is that supplied
items are risky. Our process involves an intensive chemical reaction, heat
and pressure. Supplied metals can have problems when the Lucite shrinks
during the curing process and can cause the Lucite to crack or pull away
from the metal item. Customer supplied printing the paper can discolor and
the ink can change color or even dissolve. Organic materials may be
problematic with the moisture in them boils out during the curing process.
Please check with your sales representative on any supplied items to see if
we have had success with the item before, any items that are supplied are
done only at the customer's understanding of the risk and expense involved.
Q: Why are your processes and setups so expensive?
A: Many of our in-house processes are more expensive than printing done for
outside applications. The reason for this is many of our supplies are also
higher. Paper and inks are more expensive as they have to react
consistently and favorably in our process. Also, many times there are tests
and trial runs on many imprinted materials to gauge our industry standard
color shifts and effects of the embedment process on the colors being
Q: What info. do I need to provide for a quote?
A: When calling, emailing or faxing information to your sales
representative there are a few things they will need to quote accurately.
1. the Lucite shape
2. the size
3. the quantity
4. artwork (if no artwork, how many colors?)
5. which embedment processes will the project include?
Q: What are tombstones?
A: Tombstones, deal blocks, embedments, deal toys...are all words used in
the financial markets for Lucite embedments with financial deal information
embedded, from the most simple rectangle to the most complex product
Q: Do you guarantee color matching?
A: While we do ask for Pantone colors to match, we cannot guarantee exact
color matches because of the affect the embedment process has on embedded
Q: Where do I go to get a Lucite embedment?
A: While we do not sell directly to the public, we have a world-wide
distributor network. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be
happy to give you a listing of distributors of our product near you!