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Acrylic cutting

Post by Zaidy on Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:49 pm

Hi Guys

Anyone knows of a local business that supplies and cuts acrylic to precise dimensions. The material I am looking at cutting is 5mm acrylic. I have cut acrylic in the past with a jigsaw but can never get a precise clean cut? Not to mention the occasional crack !
Been in touch with various companies on line, but they either have so much business they can't be bothered replying or it's too small a job for them!

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Re: Acrylic cutting

Post by Allan Patrick on Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:39 am

What shape to you want? If you have a proper vector based drawing - as in a .dxf - you could either get it CNC milled, or laser cut or even water jet. Does it have to be acrylic? Acetal is easier to work and much less brittle

I had a set of 10 24-tooth sprockets about 5 inches in dia cut from acrylic recently by water jet. They were supposed to be acetal but the co messed up and made them from acrylic...

If you've got a back of envelope sketch and its a simple enough shape and accurately dimentioned they may well draw it up for you. That's what I do as I'm f... useless at tech drawings!

There's a number of places that will do it. Google is your friend!
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Re: Acrylic cutting

Post by Zaidy on Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:00 am

Thanks for your reply Allan, I have read into the various techniques of cutting and found the various companies online, good old google, hence the post.

I am looking for a local outfit that I can approach and deal with, not some T**t 200 miles away from me!
It appears that most online companies are not interested in small jobs!
So if you have a local company phone number I will be grateful if you could email me.


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Re: Acrylic cutting

Post by Andy Sayle on Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:57 am

Zaidy, Rich can cut Acrylic on his laser cutter. Gives a nice smooth finish too...

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Re: Acrylic cutting

Post by Rich on Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:48 pm

And he's a T**T that lives closer

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Post by Zaidy on Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:35 pm

Lol, good one Rich!

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