I am building a light up skateboard. Will having a deck made of acrylic with plywood affect the strength of the board?

In order to accomodate the lights needed for my light up skateboard project, I wanted to case them in acrylic sheet, and then laminate plywood layers above and below. Would this provide the sufficient strenght needed for the skateboard. Thanks :)

MrRedBeard3 years ago
A polycarbonate would be a better choice but you could probably pull it off if you put a mesh in the acrylic sheet. You might end up with a thick or heavy deck using acrylic.
PLdesign (author)  MrRedBeard3 years ago
Thank you. If I was to use polycarbonate, although it would provide much better strength than the acrylic, would it affect the light emitted by the EL wire? I have read that acrylic has a light transmittance of 92% compared to 88% for polycarbonate, and so I was wondering if these figures would affect the light transmitted by the EL wire that much.
Probably not enough to matter. There are polycarbonate skateboards on the market that light up. http://www.gadgetsandgear.com/led-light-up-skateboards.html