Slightly OT: tips for fabricating with plexiglass?

From: Tom Jennings <>
Date: Sun Jan 16 02:15:33 2005

On Sat, 15 Jan 2005, Computer Collector Newsletter wrote:

> I've heard some horror stories about whole (expensive!) sheets of plexiglass
> simply breaking in half when incorrectly drilled through. The guy at the
> plastic supply company tried selling me a special drill bit, but I'm hesitant
> about that. Does anyone has hands-on experience and tips (vs. just
> speculation) about working with this stuff? This computer will be on display
> as some public events, so the final appearance is very important.

Plexi is a pain in the ass.

Drill VERY SLOWLY. Low speed and no pressure. A small stream of water
helps; it cools the cutting edge.

De-stress the holes afterwards with a bevel and sandpaper on
a nail.

There's better plastics to sue. If it's just a flat sheet, I find
lexan types much more forgiving. It's hard to bend though.

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Received on Sun Jan 16 2005 - 02:15:33 GMT

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