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a good tool to cut acrylic

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any inputs?? tia

will a jigsaw/circular saw work?
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They make a special cutting blade to do it. I don't recommend anything other then the blade.
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If you look at Syrillian's new build, he documents the new tools that he's added to his collection that have saved him an enormous about of time.

The other thing to do is to look at the CyberDruidPC section down a bit on the forums. I'm pretty sure he's got some FYIs on using acrylic.

That being said, yes, I think the tools you mention are alright to cut the material, but you'll have a ton of cleanup afterwards. I think routers are the way to go now for the best cuts w/o having to do a ton of cleanups.
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well really all i need is somthing that'll make clean cuts just dont wnat the acrylic breaking or cracking, and i dont want to spend money on tools that i will hardly use.
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Hi.

This seems to be the order of desireability when cutting acrylic:

Router and straight bit (on a router table)
Table saw with 70-80 tooth, 10" blade
Circle saw and jig (guide)
Dremel,sideways bit and guide

A clean router cut edge is ready for bonding right off of the table, as is the table saw with the appropriate blade.

The other tools may require some clean-up along the edge. This can be done with sandpaper (400 - 800).
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i used a cutting wheel with my dremel and then to clean the edges i used the sanding drum that you can get for the dremel
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Originally Posted by Syrillian View Post
Hi.

This seems to be the order of desireability when cutting acrylic:

Router and straight bit (on a router table)
Table saw with 70-80 tooth, 10" blade
Circle saw and jig (guide)
Dremel,sideways bit and guide

A clean router cut edge is ready for bonding right off of the table, as is the table saw with the appropriate blade.

The other tools may require some clean-up along the edge. This can be done with sandpaper (400 - 800).
No laser or water jet?
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post #8 of 10
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cool, thanks for all your inputs...i could careless aabout the edges. i could clean them up i just dont want the acrylic cracking. i guess i'll take my chances with a jigsaw.
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Originally Posted by pnuttz View Post
well really all i need is somthing that'll make clean cuts just dont wnat the acrylic breaking or cracking, and i dont want to spend money on tools that i will hardly use.
they make tempered plexi glass,just be carefull its tuff but brittle,imo
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post #10 of 10
how thick is your acrylic sheet? you can just scribe the sheet using the scribing blade and break it off just like glass. Cheap, easy and efficient.
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