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I have decided to move forward with constructing a new case for my sig rig out of acrylic.
But I have 1 unanswered question: What is the biggest difference between acrylic and plexiglass? I ask because plexi is cheap and can be found locally at Lowe's
Plexiglas is a brandname for acrylic; the cost difference is probably for cast cell vs extruded acrylic.
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Here is some reading that may assist you.

And Here

As Rado has stated, extruded and cell-cast.

You will want cell-cast acrylic if you plan to use power tools on the sheets.

Ask the salesperson at Lowe's, if they are uncertain then see if they can get a definitive answer for you before you purchase.

Forgive my bluntness, but if they can not say with any certainty, then I would go elsewhere as you may very well waste your money on extruded material.

If you plan on scoring, snapping and sanding, then you are good to go with extruded.


Edited by Syrillian - 8/7/08 at 7:55pm
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So for basic straight line cuts, it should be fine then? Also, how thick can you effectively score & snap without risking damaging the workpieces?
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So for basic straight line cuts, it should be fine then? Also, how thick can you effectively score & snap without risking damaging the workpieces?
1/4" acrylic is the thickest that I have attempted to snap.

I experimented with varying depths of score-marks. I got the best results from a grove that was about 1/16"; I had to exert a fair amount of pressure on the panel.

The issue that I have is the bevel that the scoring knife leaves. The snapped area is clean, but there is a slight bevel. No biggie on solid-colored panels, but on clear/translucent that bevel is very prominent.

For the most part I do not score and snap, but it is a very effective method if there are no power tools wandering about.





Oh, sorry forgot... yeah all 90-degree angles and flats will not be an issue, but you will need "inside-cuts" for hardware access and mounting, intake and exhaust.
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where did you get those acrylic rods on the anvil
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where did you get those acrylic rods on the anvil
Hi.

I purchased them from Tap Plastics (links to the rod itself)

They also have round-rod.

Please note that the rod is extruded, and is more tricky to cut cleanly.
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Amazing guide Syrillian! I'm sure this will help tons of people around the forums, including me.
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Thank you, Yomama

There is still a fair amount to add, and I need to go back and re-organize the first post as I declined to consider the image-count cap.

Some shuffling and editing ought to alleviate the convoluted presentation.

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Hi.

I purchased them from Tap Plastics (links to the rod itself)

They also have round-rod.

Please note that the rod is extruded, and is more tricky to cut cleanly.
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Can anyone say for sure if usplastics, Tapplastics, or Delvies Accept paypal? I looked on each site and find no mention of payment methods accepted. I hate making accounts at places I will never shop at so I just wanted to be sure which if any accept paypal.

While I am asking that, mcmasters does not correct?
    
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