Picture of Cutting 1 inch Acrylic
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

Picture of 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.
cglaw20131 year ago
kikiclint2 years ago
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?
c0lin2 years ago
I'm curious about the use of these acrylic slabs. What do you use them for?
guyflagg (author)  c0lin2 years ago
It was a project for a client.
guyflagg (author) 2 years ago
Very true. The edge is never as nice or consistent, and this is pretty much "set it and forget it". But you cant cut rounded rectangles on a table saw.