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Woot! The home depot nearby is selling arylic pretty cheap. However I help chosing which one.
  • 1/4 inch thick "hobby" arcylic - $6
  • 3/8 inch think "good" arcylic - $12
  • 1/4 inch "Lexan" "2000X stronger than glass" arylic - $25
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post #2 of 12
It would depend what you wanted to do with it.
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i would suggest going with the lexan... it is a little more pricey,BUT it wont scratch as easily and will there for in the future look much better....
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post #4 of 12
For windows the 1/4" should be good--lexan is tougher than acrylic, but unless youar planning on beating the heck out of your window it's overkill.

3/8" is cool because it can produce some neat edge lighting effects--strips of it or a plate of it can be made to glow in a lot of different ways. Structurally the 3/8" is way more rigid--so would be good for parts of an all acrylic case--it looks icer when made into boxes and stuff--because you can route the edges more and get a better round-over.
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Originally Posted by CyberDruid
For windows the 1/4" should be good--lexan is tougher than acrylic, but unless youar planning on beating the heck out of your window it's overkill.

3/8" is cool because it can produce some neat edge lighting effects--strips of it or a plate of it can be made to glow in a lot of different ways. Structurally the 3/8" is way more rigid--so would be good for parts of an all acrylic case--it looks icer when made into boxes and stuff--because you can route the edges more and get a better round-over.
Well, I'm making a side window and I'm going to make 2 80mm holes in it
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Well, I'm making a side window and I'm going to make 2 80mm holes in it
Personally I'd go for the lexan, just because I like having the best stuff.

I wouldn't go for 1/4 acrylic for 2 holes....but 3/8 is pretty big...

So I'm still gonna say the lexan. Good luck.
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post #7 of 12
1/4"m is more than adequate--the premodded cases I have seen use 1/8" which is flimsy. How are you mounting the window? Most of that channel stripping that people like to use is for 1/8". If you dress the edges of the acrylic nicely (maybe a chamfered edge with a router) you could surface mount it--then the thicker stuff (3/8") might look pretty interesting--especially if lit.
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Originally Posted by CyberDruid
1/4"m is more than adequate--the premodded cases I have seen use 1/8" which is flimsy. How are you mounting the window? Most of that channel stripping that people like to use is for 1/8". If you dress the edges of the acrylic nicely (maybe a chamfered edge with a router) you could surface mount it--then the thicker stuff (3/8") might look pretty interesting--especially if lit.
Now that you mention it...ya...1/4 is pretty thick.

I change my mind. 1/4 inch would be sweet. I wasn't thinking right, and was thinking about 1/8. 1/4 is plenty
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Originally Posted by CyberDruid
1/4"m is more than adequate--the premodded cases I have seen use 1/8" which is flimsy. How are you mounting the window? Most of that channel stripping that people like to use is for 1/8". If you dress the edges of the acrylic nicely (maybe a chamfered edge with a router) you could surface mount it--then the thicker stuff (3/8") might look pretty interesting--especially if lit.
hmmmm i think you have a good point there.... use a router to make a nice tapered edge and some small screws/bolts to surface mount it, then have some lights shining on the window and it will shine out the sides of the glass kinda like fiber optics....kinda
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post #10 of 12
1/4 lexan will block sound nicely

although wont be as easy to drill and mount.

and yo ucould get it lazer etched so when u have a light behind it ,the picture will brightly glow due to the roughness
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