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Old 12-22-2005, 01:34 AM
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What is the best way to cut acrylic sheets?
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I don't know if it is the best but I have used carbide tipped cut off saw. go slow and don't push the material through fast. sharp and slow.
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The best method is a high speed table saw with a fine tooth blade (sharp).
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Well, I don't have one of those

Is there an attachment for a dremel or drill that would work well?
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I thought you just scored (sp?) it and broke it like glass?
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Best way is to use a table saw with a blade of at least 300 teeth if not more. Acrylic is pretty easy to cut and drill, just make sure you have a fine tooth saw blade.

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For small pieces and thin acrylic and lexan you can score the product and snap it. A Slow and tedious process.
So if you don't have a tablesaw no worry if you want to use it.

Tools needed: Scorer, Straight Edge,

For Larger and Thicker pieces it can be run through a Tablesaw ( Leave the protect film in place ).
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Thanks everybody. I ran to lows and grabbed the blade to score it with and I will set to work tonight...
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I use a table saw with carbide blade...don't remember exactly how many teeth, but its not near 300...works fine.
(edit, just looked and it is only 100 tooth)
Also, a circular saw (with appropriate blade) or jigsaw will also work. Don't get too fine of a blade for the jigsaw though, or it will heat the acrylic so much during cutting that it fuzes back together after the blade passes through. I learned that the hard way before I got the table saw...at least it was "cheap" acrylic.
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For small pieces and thin acrylic and lexan you can score the product and snap it. A Slow and tedious process.
So if you don't have a tablesaw no worry if you want to use it.

Tools needed: Scorer, Straight Edge,

For Larger and Thicker pieces it can be run through a Tablesaw ( Leave the protect film in place ).
can you explain why you should leave the protective film in place? my first reaction would be to take it off.
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The protective film should be left on as long as possible (ideally removed just before use). It is there to prevent scratches during cutting, pre-construction trial fitting and such.
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I use a table saw. Please see this,,http://www015.upp.so-net.ne.jp/frog/diy/cut.htm
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