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post #1 of 14
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has anyone hand carved 1\\8th acrylic sheet with any of the dremel plunge bits? I am thinking of writing my daughters name in script on the backer paper, then "fattening" the line with a sharpie, to about 1\\4" thick, then tracing it with the dremel and a bit (if I have the right one - I think I have the all purpose routing bit). Has anyone done anything like this with acrylic? Will this work? If not, any alternatives?

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post #2 of 14
I did it on my old Flip This case (see sig) but the high speed bit just made a molten massacre of it.

Cutting the lettering out and and sanding the acrylic for a smoked/etched look is much cleaner IMO. My friend did it for his case, looked alot better to me.

Although there might be other bits/techniques that would work better than mine.
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post #3 of 14
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actually I have both diamond carbide tipped bits and they are safe for plastics, just need to keep the rpms down. Its the sam bit I used when I removed some plastic material from the bezel during my current project. Ill try and do a test tomorrow. thanks
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post #4 of 14
I'd probably try the engraving bits; but whatever bit you end up using, you'd be best to use a flex shaft for the dremel as this gives you much better control.
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yep, the flexi shaft, I never leave home without it
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post #6 of 14
poor you.. it even follows you to work? I think its time to stop modding

No but seriously, I have been following your gumdrop mod and think this would be nice on it. I cant wait to see how it looks.
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post #7 of 14
I think it is all in the bit you use, for plexi I have found that a bit with x paterns on it works better than a spiral type of bit and a diamond coated bit just melts it.
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post #8 of 14
I have carved on acrylic using the Flex-shaft attachment and a stone bit. It worked alright... I stress "Alright".... meaning, "meh" (imho)

Another way to do it is to stencil and paint:










It can be tricky as you may not want to lift the blade until the intire cut (letter) is done. Cutting the protective film also scores the acrylic.
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post #9 of 14
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thanks for the info guys.
I am going to try an engraving bit on some test material hopefully today (yes, this is for the gumdrop build )

Also I picked up a MAP Gas torch for some flame polishing , which I will also TEST before I do anything lol

I am not trying to end up with a square, with letters engraved or cut into it (altho that looks cool), I am going to trace out the word as a single piece, just in case I wasnt clear above, sorry. I am not sure how I am going to mount it tho, but I have some ideas.
Edited by CattleRustler - 6/11/08 at 3:30am
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post #10 of 14
if you can get an up cut bit slow it down it will cleanthe plexi rite up without clooging bit.
Edited by phillipjos - 6/11/08 at 8:17am
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