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post #11 of 29
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Any acrylic has static? Including plexiglas?

The guy above you said static, but he didn't mention anything else, replies like that just confuse people...
post #12 of 29
Acrylic = Plexiglass = Perspex, they're all basically the same thing, give or take slightly by manufacturer. They're all acrylic, generically. Some may have different coatings or surface texture (scratch reduction, anti-glare, UV reduction, mirroring, etc.). They all will get a slight static charge. Just simply peeling off the protective paper will generate a HUGE static load that you can even hear building up.

A lot of the good acrylic cleaning solutions will reduce static charge. I usually mist some water on the paper while laser cutting, so having that moisture helps as well to reduce static.

True... just saying "static" isn't much help here.
post #13 of 29
Thread Starter 
Yeah np, I know it has a lotta static, I thought maybe the other dude meant one has more static than other like plexiglas was known to have less static or more static or something.

Im asking about differences, the guy goes "static"

Anyway, I want a nice thin sheet to put into the side panel of my NZXT Phantom 630

I guess this Delvies Plastics site is recommended, what thickness should I be looking for?

What should I watch out for? I can cut acrylic easily with a jigsaw I'm assuming? Shape it to the shape of the window I want, file it to perfection, and place it in with u channel around the edges.

Anything I gotta keep in mind and look out for?
post #14 of 29
I suggest going to a glass shop that does custom sizes and fitting. Get one made to the exact size drilled etc, it wont scratch or mark easily, wont attract dust because of static and so on. Might be more but worth it in my opinion check out your local glass makers in the phonebooks.
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post #15 of 29
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Not interested in glass, whole point of acrylic is it's durable and shatter resistant, and lightweight dude..
post #16 of 29
You can buy toughened glass, takes alot to brake glass and wont be disappointed with like using plexi but as you have stated your not interested, Ive worked with plenty of acrylic and its not that durable if it is being used or touched multiple times just wiping it causes scratches.
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post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 
I

don't

want

glass

I take good care of my stuff
post #18 of 29
You would be ok with 1/8". For a larger side window, I'd go with 3/16".

For methods of working with acrylic, there's another thread here:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1395582/whats-the-best-way-to-cut-acrylic-plexiglass
post #19 of 29
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Thicker for a larger window for more durability I'm assuming?
post #20 of 29
Yeah, but thicker also costs more. I'd stop at 3/16" as it's quite rigid enough for even a large case side window. I've seen others go up to 1/2" which is absolute overkill. The thinner material is also easier to work with.
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