I started off trying to cut the 2 pieces of acrylic I had ordered from USplastics and it didnt go well
I ordered 2 small pieces 12" x12" of 1/4" and 1/8" .. more for experimentation purposes and for practicing.
Although I dont have anything more than a dremel to work with I still gave it a shot.
Here are the pictures of the process and the pieces of acrylic I cut.
I started off by using a reinforced cut-off wheel that came with the dremel to cut the acrylic.
This process actually melted the acrylic more than cutting it. The 1/8" was obviously more easier to cut.
This is how it looked after I cut them
I then finally ended up using a tungsten carbide cutting bit (
So here I stand. I am still looking for better cutting tools for acrylic.
I am currently looking at the
The idea is to have the routing table hold the dremel in place while I move the acrylic around for the desired cut. I will be using either of the 2 straight cutting bits in the set for the job.
Will the table and the cutting bit be enough for the job or should I be looking at other tools?
Comments or suggestions welcome
Here is my second attempt at cutting acrylic.
I finally went in for the dremel router table and the dremel chamfer bits for shaping. I also got the dremel 561 dremel multipurpose cutting bit.
Things were the same old with the 1/4" .It was too hard to cut and it would grip the drill bit too tightly so the entire piece would get stuck to the drill bit and destroy the whole cut.. So I have decided not to use it.
But it was much better for the 1/8". I went a lot slower this time so the acrylic didnt burn or melt .
So here is how it went.
The cutting wet pretty smoothly as far as the 1/8" is concerned.
It is not the straightest of cuts. but I just did it as an experiment.
I could have used sandpaper to smoothen it out a little . But I was in a complete hurry because i have exams this week.
Here is a picture of the 45degree angle It came out pretty well.
I also cut a circle in it just to see if I can cut out shapes in the acrylic. This will be for the custom acrylic fan grill inspired by Dae Jaa Voo
Again it does not look too good. I didnt even draw up a circle i just did a freehand on this one.
Finally an important piece of advice. make sure your dremel is unplugged when you are messing around with the drill bit.
I was tightening the drill bit to the dremel and i hit the rpm switch by mistake. lucky for me I was able to pull my hand out in time. but it still took a little skin with it.
So I am finally going to go in for a couple of sheets of 1/8" and a couple of the 3/16" acrylic. I am hoping that the 3/16" will be also easy to cut considering that It is only 1mm thicker than the 1/8".
PS: My roomate is an Mechanical Engineering major. He said he could help me out with a little bit of cutting. His lab has all the craziest of equipments you can find. The only issue is that we will have to do it over the summer when the lab is empty but Summer break is just a fortnight away. So I am really hoping that we can use his lab.
As always Comments and suggestions welcome
EDIT : I was so exited. I also bent the acrylic using a heat gun . Once it was heated up nicely All I had to do was use a little force to bend it to 90 degrees