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Yes most likely.
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i would say to drill it and use tiny screws
    
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Bending hard plastics is not easy unless you have some specific tools.

The problem is getting a uniform temperature along the line where you want to bend the piece.

Using a localised heat source (i.e. torch) is not effective as you will need to run the torch up and down the line to be bent. As you move from one end of the line to the other, the previously heated portion will cool and no longer be maleable.

One might be able to wrestle a 90-degree angle with considerable effort and frustration, but imho the results will not be desirable. (although perhaps several people working in unison might be able to do it....)

Places like TAP Plastics have a machine that has a long piece of metal with a groove in it. Inside the groove is the heat source, and it runs the entire length of the piece of metal (4 ft' [?]). They place the plastic on the table with the line to be bent aligned with the heated groove, allow the plastic to heat (sorry can't recall the temp) uniformly; and then use a jig to bend it.

The heating takes a little while (minutes), and the bending takes a few seconds. It is then quickly removed and allowed to cool.

You have another option: capillary bonding.

This type of bond is very clean, and when done perfectly there is almost no seam that is noticable without close scrutiny... most of the time.

...okey... I'll shut me gob now.
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Continue the gob!! haha
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Continue the gob!! haha
..and further more... "balh blah blah blah blah.."

I've done a little work with acrylic, so if you feel that I can help post away.

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Thanks syrill I need to actually (get) some now that I feel pretty confident. Whats a good store online?

*Edit* Cheap!! ;D
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Thanks syrill I need to actually (get) some now that I feel pretty confident. Whats a good store online?

*Edit* Cheap!! ;D
Hmmm... "cheap" and "acrylic" usually don't appear in the same sentence except when the term "scrap-bin" is also included.

Do you live in a large city? Is there a plastic shop? Perhaps they have a scrap bin.

For example, last week I picked up several 12" x 12" pieces for $1 each, and some larger ones for $2.

If you do have a store, go talk to they proprietor. See if they have scraps they will give you... or go scrounge around in the dumpser out back.... I do.

Otherwise, this is TAP Plastics
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The question is...am I even near a small city? Haha. Im actually an hour away from sacramento. I live up in the trees
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Can you get to Sac pretty easily?

There are 2 TAP Plastic stores (according to TAP's website) in the Sac area.

They also ship.
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Its always a pain getting down there :S What should I just send them an email and say

"Hey there you guys got any scrap?" haha.
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