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Ok so right now, I'm wearing a dust mask and trying to score the acrylic so I can snap it. How deep does the cut have to be such that when I snap it it's clean? Also, do I need more protection other than a dust mask? I'm not cutting with a jigsaw or table saw or anything, so I don't really need a respirator right?
I think my cut is ~1/32" deep. The acrylic is ~1/8" thick.
    
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Update:

I got bored after spending ~30 minutes scoring the Acrylic and showing no results. I ended up using my 12tpi wood cutting blade and cut the acrylic piece out.


Protection




Didn't have access to a respirator. I thought using a dust mask would be good enough. I only spent ~2 minutes cutting the acrylic anyways, and it stayed ridiculously cool during that time since I was pouring water on it, don't know if that was a good or bad thing...


Acrylic Piece




Turned out pretty nice. At the last minute, I was about to cut the piece out, but the acrylic snapped, leaving a little indent. I filed it down though, but it's not entirely straight. I'll have to sand it down and such later.


Scratch




During my last score, I accidentally went off the line and cut into the acrylic. I'll have to sand the entire sheet down so the scratch doesn't show.

Anyone know how to polish acrylic? What tools do I use?

This is probably the last update for this project until August. I'm leaving for summer camp (Gasp) on Sunday and probably won't get much done tomorrow.
    
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Uhh, guys, when I'm sanding the acrylic, do I need to wear protection? It's rubbing little pieces off...
Thanks.
    
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*Pardon me for shortening your comments*

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How deep does the cut have to be such that when I snap it it's clean? Also, do I need more protection other than a dust mask? I'm not cutting with a jigsaw or table saw or anything, so I don't really need a respirator right?
I think my cut is ~1/32" deep. The acrylic is ~1/8" thick.
1/16" ~ 1/8" is sufficient depending upon the thickness of the panel in question.

This is a 1/4" thick piece of cell-cast bronze acrylic that is scored about 1/16"-deep:


Scored:




Snapped:




Close-up to show a fairly clean edge:





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Anyone know how to polish acrylic? What tools do I use?

This is probably the last update for this project until August. I'm leaving for summer camp (Gasp) on Sunday and probably won't get much done tomorrow.

Polishing can be done by hand with Novus Products:




-or with a muslin-wheel that is mounted on a bench-grinder, angle grinder or on a drill; rouge will also be needed:




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Uhh, guys, when I'm sanding the acrylic, do I need to wear protection? It's rubbing little pieces off...
Thanks.

Yes. imho you would be doing well to protect your respiratory system. The dusk mask you have will suffice as long as it sits flush to your face. It also depends upon how close you get your face to the work.

As you have probably discovere the particles can be very fine and become airborne easily... and easily inhaled.


Have fun at Camp!

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Thanks for the help Syrillian.

Yeah, I didn't get much done today since I was going around packing.
Project will be postponed until early August.
    
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Thanks for the help Syrillian.

Yeah, I didn't get much done today since I was going around packing.
Project will be postponed until early August.
We'll be waiting! Have fun mate! (and be safe too!)
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Thanks for the help Syrillian.

Yeah, I didn't get much done today since I was going around packing.
Project will be postponed until early August.
Have fun dude Don't forget to pack the RAID, mosquitoes suck
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Yay I'm back from camp. Hoping to finish this before school starts. Hope it does.
    
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Hmm, change in plans. Instead of rotating the HDD Bay, I'll be constructing my own, since the HDD+Bay would be too long for the case once it's rotated.
    
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