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I'm looking into trying to engrave sheets of acrylic. Anyone done this before? What thicknesses would work? I'd like to buy thinner sheets because it's more budget friendly but I don't wait to jeopardize cracking the sheet.

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The Master of Acrylic here is CyberDruid in my opinion. See if you can track him down, since he is not that often online lately.
    
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Yeah, acrylic is pretty tough, but not invinceable. I'd say you could engrave it yeah
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I'm looking into trying to engrave sheets of acrylic. Anyone done this before? What thicknesses would work? I'd like to buy thinner sheets because it's more budget friendly but I don't wait to jeopardize cracking the sheet.

Thanks!
I have never engraved acrylic but I have worked with it a lot. 1/4" thick sheets will be strong enough.

The best way I know to engrave acrylic is with a laser. I would not use hand tools to engrave because it will most likely chip the sheet. Maybe a fine blade razor could be used to trace an outline, but details could be hard to do.

Good luck
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I agree with metalman. Engraving with hand tools might be a little tough. What you can try is create a template with a strong materal then lay it over the acrylic then engrave over it. You can try fogging (i think thats what its called).
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You have some choices as to how to go about it. You could use a Dremel type tool and draw on it with a bullet shaped or cone shaped bit--tape your art on the opposite side and try it out on some scrap. 1/4" is pretty thick for PC windows--3/16" is about right--just lightly work the surface to create an effect with the tool.

You could also have it laser etched (check the link in my sig) which I could arrange for you if you wish.

Or you could invest in an inexpensive sandblaster and mask off the acrylic and fog it more uniformly with the sand.

You will get different results with the different tools.

Hope that helps.
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If you are an artist and can draw, then this little beauty will help:

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...Or, depending on how big the thing is, you could have, say, someone with a mill use an engraving bit...Not expensive at all, and has a professional finish...Although I don't know the cutting properties of acrylic.
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