View Full Version : Need anything special for cutting acrylic?
08-20-01, 08:49 PM
I've got myself some fibreglass enforced cut off wheels, will those cut it? (pun not intended :p)
08-20-01, 10:41 PM
How thick is the acrylic, and are you going to be cutting any sort of irregular shape? As much as I love my dremmel, I don't think I'd use it to cut acrylic. My first choice would be a bandsaw, but seeing as these aren't avalible to most of us, my second choice would be a jigsaw, with a fine toothed blade. The dremmel will probably just melt it way along giving a really ugly cut and leave burn marks. The melting acrylic may also gum up the cutting wheels rendering them almost useless after a couple of inches. I've never tried it myself, so I can't say for sure.
08-21-01, 09:19 AM
yeh they will work but i use a normal wood saw
yeah i used a normal table saw at a friends house if you don't mine the smell it works fine
08-25-01, 02:04 AM
I used a jigsaw to cut mine. Just leave the plastic/paper coating on both sides until you're done cutting. You may get a thick lip of melted Lexan (which will subsequently hardeninto a rock-solid unmovable lip). I used a metal cutting blade for mine, the teeth are set very close together. It didn't bead very badly, it was held off by the plastic/paper coating. (BTW, USE LEXAN. Plexiglass is a cheap alternative, and you'll suffer for saving $0.20 per square foot. Not to mention that plexiglass comes with PLASTIC coating it, which will fuse with the plexiglass when cut.)
08-25-01, 09:04 AM
Like the others said, use some sort of fine-toothed saw and you'll be ok. I used a fine-toothed hand saw and had no problems - it went straight through like a knife through butter. You can use a dremel, I have done in the past, but it will melt it and make a mess though.
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