Saturday, March 19, 2011

Learn how to cut Plexiglass

 Plexiglass is a type of acrylic plastic, which is used as an ideal substitute for glass in furniture, handicrafts, picture frames, greenhouses, etc. Compared to glass, it is lighter, more durable, do not break easily, is resistant to heat, and is cheaper. Plexiglass is available in different designs and shapes, as transparent, translucent or opaque. However, there are some drawbacks to this material. Plexiglass can chip, smear, melt or break, if not cut with care. It is also prone to scratches. The cutting tools may vary with Plexiglas thickness of the material, the purpose of cutting him and the switching frequency. Then it can be cut with simple tools, some situations require special plexiglass cutting tools.

What Plexiglass Made Of?
How to Cut Plexiglass
Before starting with how to cut plexiglass, let's take a look at what exactly is plexiglass and what are the constituents of this material. Plexiglass is a synthetic polymer of methyl methacrylate, polymethylmethacrylate namely, what is commonly known as acrylic glass, acrylic, Plexiglas, or Plexiglas. polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) was developed during the second half of the 1920s and the end was patented by German chemist Otto Röhm in 1933. Commercial production of this material was started in 1936. To produce one kg of PMMA, about two kilograms of oil is needed. It is generally produced by methods such as emulsion polymerization, solution polymerization and bulk polymerization.

How to cut plexiglass?

Various tools are used for cutting Plexiglas that its use and the thickness of the material. This material can be cut by sawing or routing with electrical saws. It can also be cut by scribing and breaking. While tracing is more appropriate for straight cuts in thin material (less than 0.236 inch thick), sawing and routing can be used for making straight cuts and curves of any thickness Plexiglas. If you want to cut the curved plexiglass that is more than 1 / 8 inch thick must be used, and the blade used for cutting should be fine teeth. If sawing, circular saw is used for making straight cuts, and scroll saws, and swords are used for rough cutting small radius curves in thin Plexiglas. large-radius curves (rough cut) were made by the saws, which are also used for making straight cuts rough thicker Plexiglas. Cutting and trimming the edges are done with the help of routers and shapers wood. Cutting Plexiglas with routers is usually done for cutting purposes. Learn more about the circular saw cutting guide.

Cutting plexiglass with Dremel
Dremel allow the user to cut a wide range of materials at very high cutting speeds. The cuts made by this tool are considered high quality with good finish. Using a dremel, you can cut a straight line, curves, or any other shape you want. Once you make the marks required in the plexiglass where you have to make cuts, add a 561-bit versatile cutting in the tool. If you have to do straight cuts, you must attach the plexiglass to a rule, so it does not move during cutting. Now activate the tool at 6 or 8 and start the cutting process. It is always best to cut plexiglas with an angle of 45 degrees, you start the process. Once the cut is complete, remove the drill and cutting waste from the tool after unplugging.

Cutting plexiglass with a table saw
You must start with marking cuts on the sheet of plexiglass. In case of thin glass, use a blade with more teeth in order to avoid the erosion of the material. The choice of blades will depend on the material and shape cutting. You will develop a fair idea about using different blades, on the basis of trial and error. Once the cut is complete, use sandpaper to smooth the edges of the cuts.

Now you know how to cut plexiglass with using different tools. But make sure security measures, such as use of safety glasses (goggles) to protect your eyes against flying chips Plexiglas. Plexiglass, is a combustible material, fire safety measures are also needed.

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