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Sounds dangerous :L
I mean I'll get some of that thin plastic, I'm off to sleep now, I'll check out the acrylic in tomorrow (technically today, I mean when I wake up haha)
Night all!
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If you could carve the case from a single block, it would be amazing!

But get ready to drop a grand between the block of material and the hours of milling, unless you've got access to a CNC mill wink.gif


Technically you could do away with a Dremel, but most likely you'll burn a couple of units and probably 5 or 6 lateral cut bits, too... Not to mention the insanity of hours you'd spend. That is coming from someone who periodically mills PTFE (Teflon) parts for his R/C cars with a Dremel and a steady hand tongue.gif

A carpenter's router would be much better and faster for the job, since it has much broader bits and a much more powerful motor. Plus it sits on the surface, which means no need to do insane amounts of force to keep the tool straight biggrin.gif

Still, I recommend going the paneled way. Much, much cheaper, faster, and can look as good/be as solid if you do it right thumb.gif


Get this going!! wheee.gif


Edit: If you're handy with the drill press, you can get a titanium lateral cut bit for thermoplastics, and with a lot of patience carve the acrylic shell. But, as I said before, the material is very expensive, and one wrong move and you'll ruin the bit.
Edited by Artikbot - 1/7/13 at 3:45pm
   
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post #23 of 107
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Yeah, I'll just go with panels tongue.gif
How should I be joining them?

Also, the post seems to hate me motherboard wise lately. It still isn't here and it's almost been a month (including weekends & holidays though) fingers crossed for tomorrow, I need the board before I can start on it.
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Yeah, I'll just go with panels tongue.gif
How should I be joining them?
Also, the post seems to hate me motherboard wise lately. It still isn't here and it's almost been a month (including weekends & holidays though) fingers crossed for tomorrow, I need the board before I can start on it.

There's a couple of ways that most people use...

If you can get some strong acetone (not the nail polish type), simply by impregnating the parts to join and pressing them hard (and leaving them steadily joined), the plexiglass will fuse. You need some practice on this technique, but once mastered, looks the best, since it appears to be almost a single piece if mounted 'en testa' (meaning head-to-side with no additional elements)

And the second way is to simply build posts and either screw the panels to them, fuse the panels to the post with acetone, or glue them with cyanoacrilate. Screws being the most used method for simplicity.


Any of the three will look fantastic if you spend the time practising a bit smile.gif
   
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There's a couple of ways that most people use...
If you can get some strong acetone (not the nail polish type), simply by impregnating the parts to join and pressing them hard (and leaving them steadily joined), the plexiglass will fuse. You need some practice on this technique, but once mastered, looks the best, since it appears to be almost a single piece if mounted 'en testa' (meaning head-to-side with no additional elements)
And the second way is to simply build posts and either screw the panels to them, fuse the panels to the post with acetone, or glue them with cyanoacrilate. Screws being the most used method for simplicity.
Any of the three will look fantastic if you spend the time practising a bit smile.gif

How do I cut it?
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There's a couple of ways that most people use...
If you can get some strong acetone (not the nail polish type), simply by impregnating the parts to join and pressing them hard (and leaving them steadily joined), the plexiglass will fuse. You need some practice on this technique, but once mastered, looks the best, since it appears to be almost a single piece if mounted 'en testa' (meaning head-to-side with no additional elements)
And the second way is to simply build posts and either screw the panels to them, fuse the panels to the post with acetone, or glue them with cyanoacrilate. Screws being the most used method for simplicity.
Any of the three will look fantastic if you spend the time practising a bit smile.gif
As I was saying chloroform or acetone same effect



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How do I cut it?

A metal saw and dremel for small cuts (low speed or you'll melt it)

I myself use a vibrating saw for cutting it is very fast and it can cut everything wood, metal and plastic
Edited by maarten12100 - 1/8/13 at 4:00am
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(low speed or you'll melt it)

Learned this the hard way. Having molten plexiglass shrapnels stuck into your face, arms, and hands isn't what I call a 'pleasing situation' lachen.gif
   
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Subbed, sounds good.
    
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As I was saying chloroform or acetone same effect
A metal saw and dremel for small cuts (low speed or you'll melt it)
I myself use a vibrating saw for cutting it is very fast and it can cut everything wood, metal and plastic
If I use a metal saw and a dremel how will I glue the panels together. Like if I used 4 panels to make a bumper. And how do I make sure the cuts are straight?
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Learned this the hard way. Having molten plexiglass shrapnels stuck into your face, arms, and hands isn't what I call a 'pleasing situation' lachen.gif
Haha, as the hipsters would say, yolo.
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Subbed, sounds good.
Thank you!!
Edited by jakiejake - 1/8/13 at 4:11am
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Learned this the hard way. Having molten plexiglass shrapnels stuck into your face, arms, and hands isn't what I call a 'pleasing situation' lachen.gif

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That's the hardest thing about working with the stuff for me. It either melts or splinters... If you are making straight cuts the best idea might be to get a scoring device and to snap the stuff along the scoring line. Put something flat and heavy on top at the scoring line and put the scoring line just over the somewhat sharp edge of a counter or table (or whatever) and it should snap off cleanly. I have used acrylic cement (glue) to make stuff before and it is actually not too bad or difficult to use. That gets my vote for every panel that doesn't need to be removed.
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