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I know the difference between pc and acrylic, and pc is not what I was talking about.

I've never had a piece of pc that did not machine easily.


Acrylic refers to a general chemical composition, of which there are multiple variations for various purposes.

If you want a cheap example of the crap grade I'm refering to, just go to an Office Max and get one of those store brand el-cheapo clear plastic display holders and try to saw or drill it.


When I get home from work, I'll start a cut on the saw and take a pic, you'll see what should have been chips is just a fused mass that makes the workpiece hard to push thru the saw when the mass jams on a table joint and lifts the workpiece.

I'll do a similar cut in a decent piece of acrylic and take a pic, so you can see it isn't a dull blade.


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post #13462 of 15204
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Originally Posted by IT Diva View Post

I know the difference between pc and acrylic, and pc is not what I was talking about.
I've never had a piece of pc that did not machine easily.
Acrylic refers to a general chemical composition, of which there are multiple variations for various purposes.
If you want a cheap example of the crap grade I'm refering to, just go to an Office Max and get one of those store brand el-cheapo clear plastic display holders and try to saw or drill it.
When I get home from work, I'll start a cut on the saw and take a pic, you'll see what should have been chips is just a fused mass that makes the workpiece hard to push thru the saw when the mass jams on a table joint and lifts the workpiece.
I'll do a similar cut in a decent piece of acrylic and take a pic, so you can see it isn't a dull blade.
Darlene

Ah. No need for all of that. I understand the confusion. The flaws do come from the differences in chemical composition, and also in the way the acrylic was formed. Some sheets are pored vertically, some horizontally, and the cheap office max holders are injection molded. Please don't risk a kickback just to take pictures for us.

You're absolutely correct. If you can find Plexiglass brand acrylic, it's good quality. Be wary of anything unlabeled. Acrylite is great as well. Optix and Lucite are alright as well.
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Ah. No need for all of that. I understand the confusion. The flaws do come from the differences in chemical composition, and also in the way the acrylic was formed. Some sheets are pored vertically, some horizontally, and the cheap office max holders are injection molded. Please don't risk a kickback just to take pictures for us.
You're absolutely correct. If you can find Plexiglass brand acrylic, it's good quality. Be wary of anything unlabeled. Acrylite is great as well. Optix and Lucite are alright as well.



Well, being a girl of her word, and since it might be helpfull to someone down the road, here's my little demonstration:

First 3 pics are of a piece of acrylic scrap that I cut off when I shortened that clear case for my cooling module.

Here it is at the Egg, so you can see that they clearly market it as acrylic:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811148001

Here it is "on the blade" most of the way thru the cut . . . notice the buildup of melt on the underside that's going to jam in the blade's slot in the table plate with a longer cut:



Here you can see just how far it hangs down below the workpiece:



And here's a closeup of the cut . . you can see how what should have been chips is just a melted together mass:




And for comparison, here's a piece of quality acrylic, "on the blade" absolutely a clean cut with no chipping:



And here's the underside close up, again, super clean and no chipping:




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Here's a protip for cutting bad acrylic.

If it's a manageable thickness, no greater than 1/8th, you can take a straightedge and a razor blade, or anything with a really sharp point, and score the surface in a straight line where you want the piece to split. Line the score up with the edge of a bench, hold down the back, and smack the side hanging off of the table. Should snap right where you want it. Be sure to clean the edges up with sanding, as they're bound to be sharp.
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Wow Guys thank you all for this much info. Greatly appreciated.
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Hi all.
I'm considering a new Phantom project. I want to take an over-the-top approach with this one and use some of my limited Electrical Engineering knowledge. I want to do the kind of stuff that would basically turn the Phantom into a robot that could do anything the user wants it to, short of giving it legs and teaching it how to walk and make cookies. simultaneously.

The plan is to have a small micro controller hidden in the Phantom connected internally to a USB port, such that I can control it from both a switch panel and a windows/linux app.

I'm looking for some ideas of what sorts of things I can or should do. Some current ideas are:
RGB LEDs everywhere! with dials on the control panel and application
Temperature controlled vents, so that when my rig heats up as I game or program, the whole machine opens like an intimidating beast. Also with override to leave them open all of the time.
opening doors and side panels with a single push button. Like a Lamborghini.

If you had a rig that was almost as smart as you are (you're all intelligent people!) What would it do?
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A Phantom robot that walks and makes cookies?

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When I'm filthy rich, I'll do that for you... until then, Ideas?
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When I'm filthy rich, I'll do that for you... until then, Ideas?

One of the Asus P8Z77 boards has a feature that allows some control through an apple/android app.

http://www.asus.com.au/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77V_DELUXE/
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One of the Asus P8Z77 boards has a feature that allows some control through an apple/android app.
http://www.asus.com.au/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77V_DELUXE/

That's really cool! The goal is to do it by hand, and do it in such a way that it doesn't matter what motherboard I'm using. Maybe I'll do that when I get lazy. tongue.gif
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