web56n Posted July 11, 2003 Report Share Posted July 11, 2003 This short and sweet guide may be for the newbie or the hardcore modder alike. I will show you the easiest and cleanest way, not to mention the fastest way! to cut plexi or acrylic. first off, get one of these, you should be able to buy one at your local hardware store. ( about $4.00 ) each blade will last a long time this here will cut acrylic up to 1/2" thick. ( or plexi ) If you've never used one be CAREFUL they like to eat your fingers... to do this you set your mark and using a straight edge start at farthest end from you, then pull the knife back letting it dig into acrylic. you have to make sure that you keep it against the straight edge or you will score off line, repeat this a few times then just pick up acrylic and try to bend it. if you have scored it deep enough it will just snap on the line you just made. usually it takes a couple of draw backs to get it right.... remember DO NOT get your fingers in the way.... OK this will cut a perfect straight line like this here is what I just cut to show you. if you look close there is very little to clean, the deeper you score the better it turns out. if you don't like the look of the edge you just cut you can take a plumber's tourch and swiftly run the flame around the edge. it will make it like glass no sanding is needed... however you can not do it to much or you'll burn the edge. try it on a test piece before you start cutting up the pieces that you want! So you want to get fancy, that's fine all you have to do is have a solid guide that you can run the cutter against just like the straight edge for example if you want a curve in your cut. you just end up with a curved cut (everything is the same as cutting straight) if you look close to the bottom left edge, that is what you get if you don't hold cutter against the guide ( if the small piece is just scrap that's fine but if it's the piece you need that's not good) caution with the first few strokes avoids that.. again proceed with CAUTION this little guy will take a bite out of your fingers here is close up of curved cut. remember to measure twice cut once!! and like all other sharp objects keep away from children I hope this helps in your plexi or acrylic cutting adventures. web56n.... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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