In this instructable I'm going to be explaining how to cut out 1 inch thick acrylic pieces on the shopbot.  It sounds simple but there are some things that can be done to aid in the finishing process and make your life a lot easier.

Tools needed:

- ShopBot
- 1/2 in single flute bit
- A design
- CAD to CAM software (in this case, VCarve Pro 6.0)
- Chisel
- Mallet 

Step 1: Machine and File Prep

I took my design and laid it out in illustrator, and input a .dxf into VCarve.

So I cut these with an initial PROFILE, and the a FINISH cut.

Once your file is set up and ready for a cut file to be created now you have to set your bit and feeds and speeds for each cutting path.
Any advice on where or how to get started using acrylic? Really wanting to get my hands on. the materials and get creative
<p>What would you like to make with it? </p>
<p>i am trying to figure out how to made 3d forms out of acrylic. I have acess to a cnc machine just need to know what kind of files used. I want to put an item between 2 pieces in a press and shape it.</p>
you can always use a regular circular saw if you turn the blade to run backwards. I've done it for Polycarbonate when I worked glass in the past.
Really? flip the blade backwards... and it works?
I'm curious about the use of these acrylic slabs. What do you use them for?
It was a project for a client.
Very true. The edge is never as nice or consistent, and this is pretty much &quot;set it and forget it&quot;. But you cant cut rounded rectangles on a table saw.

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