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There, I said it. My name is Brett Thomas, and I'm an acrylic addict. I can't get enough of the stuff. It can be opaque or transparent, coloured or clear, thick or thin. It can be bent, it can be cut, and it can be fused together like there was no joint at all. It can be sanded to translucency or flame polished until it's crystal clear. Acrylic and I have had a love affair since 2001, and I'm about to let you in on how you can join in.

Why? Because acrylic is one of the most undervalued materials in the world of modding. "But I see it everywhere," you say, "How can it be undervalued?"

Well, I think it is – despite its ubiquitous presence in modding (from windows to reservoirs to block tops to whole cases), very few people actually bother to understand it as a material. Aluminium and steel information is abundant – cutting guides, fastening, brake bending, laser cutting. Maybe because it's a more even material, maybe because it seems like it needs specialised tools.

Acrylic avoids much of that, but unfortunately it also avoids the wealth of information. Extruded or cell cast? Cut with what? How do you get rid of scuffs and scratches? When and why does it crack, and how can that be prevented?
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nice read, rep+. I've been wanting to try out drilling LED's inside the acrylic for some time now.
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I've been wanting to try out drilling LED's inside the acrylic for some time now.
Did you manage to drill LED's inside an acrylic case yet?
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ooh thanks. Check sig for my acrylic case mod (new dremel finally, so I should get some progress on it...)
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Very good guide, but I have no idea why he used IPS Weld-On #3. That works much better for Lexan. It bonds faster but yields and weaker joint AND leaves more white marks. Weld-On #4 is best for acrylic, IMO. Both are better than anything else.
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dr4gon posted this a while back, but still a good read.
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dr4gon posted this a while back, but still a good read.
This guide was
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Published: 14th March 2008
so this is the latest version
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