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Acrylic on acrylic hinge - friction?

I'm building an articulated 'puppet' using 3mm acrylic sheet for the 'skeleton' My hinges will be simple sandwiches of two outer and one inner piece, held together with a snap-together nylon rivet. The flat contact area is about half a square inch (see attached image). The 'puppet' will be controlled by tendons attached to gloves, so will only have the force of single fingers to move them. I need to know how smooth a joint this will be, before I start ordering nylon washers. Anyone got experience of this sort of join? Will it be ok dry, or will a small amount of  lubrication help? (petroleum jelly? liquid silcone?). Or do I need to commit to washers. Needs to be as frictionless as possible!

Topic by Crispy75    |  last reply


Acrylic Cabinet

Hello everyone! I'm a long time instructables.com fan but I just recently signed up again with a new email address. I need some advice on building an acrylic box to hold some kewl things in my home. It needs to be durable and hard to break into. Here is an example: http://www.akrylix.com/photos/682-lexan-hinge-boxes-.jpg or see attached photos. I found a supplier for 1/2" acrylic sheets and laser cutting but my question is how do I connect all the panels? Should I go the route people choose when building an aquarium? Thanks so much for any advice or help you can offer! Cheers, Kevin

Topic by Qebs  


where to buy acrylic

Hello, I am trying to figure out where to buy glass quality acrylic I can mix myself and make a cube 1ft^3 out of.  also if anyone knows the safety issues. Do i need a fume hood or gas mask?

Topic by AviF3    |  last reply


Acrylic car paint.?

Is the water based acrylic paint my car is painted with essentially the same as the artist acrylic paint I paint pictures with?

Question by rickharris    |  last reply


Castable Clear Acrylic

I was wondering if there was a clear two part acrylic that I could use to pour into a mold and encase a smaller object. I just found my first four leaf clover, and would like to encase it in a clear acrylic cube. Thanks.

Topic by Ora    |  last reply


Mirror acrylic Glue

Hey,I have been researching the best way to glue acrylic mirror together into a cube the same as the picture attached. So far I have been told it is quiet hard but Dichloro is what my supplier was able to find out. I have read a lot of health hazards and difficulty getting hold of it. Is there any that would be able to point me in the right direction.With my normal acrylic i just use a weldbond etc but the mirrored surface would not be suited.Thanks in advance everyone.

Question by PeteH66    |  last reply


information about acrylic...

This is an excellent site, but sometimes I just want to do the simplest or thing. For example, I want to build my own acrylic display case for a model I am making. What I'd like to know: 1. where can i get acrylic/polycarbonate 2. what kind of tool are used to cut them 3. what kind of tool/glue are used to connect them basic information about common DIY materials like that. While I'd appreciate any help in replys, perhaps there should be a section (wiki-like perhaps?) dedicated to that for beginners like myself?

Topic by mathfeel    |  last reply


Cutting acrylic sheets

I am trying to cut some pieces of acrylic sheeting about 3/16th inches thick.  I was wondering if the instructables on the laser cutter built from 2 old scanners would work for cutting the acrylic sheets? Or if not that, what might work for making acrylic parts that are flush enough to chemical bond making a water tight connection? Thank you, Eron.

Topic by eronjonson    |  last reply


Waterproofing Acrylic Paint

Hi there,I need advice. I'm currently customising my FIELD HOCKEY MASK (not ice hockey) and I'm using acrylic paint.I need to waterproof it as it rains a lot. What is the best/cheapest way to varnish the paint once finished?

Question by grace.obrien789    |  last reply


How to frost acrylic? Answered

Hi Guys, I'm making a project in which I will need to frost the acrylic (3mm plexiglass) and since frost paint or frosted acrylic is not available around here where I live I will have to use sandpaper. Last time I tried frosting acrylic (6mm plexiglass) with sandpaper (which was 180 or 280) I kinda succeeded, it was frosted ...... until I dropped water on it. What I was left with was lightly sanded acrylic with lots of scratches so I was wondering if anyone could tell me which sandpaper should I use and how should I do it.   Thanks in advance :) -Prickly Potato

Question by The Prickly Potato    |  last reply


WANTED: Instructable on Acrylic

I've only seen the end result of a project.  My college woodworking teaher had an acrylic cube that had curved holes drilled in it.  I know how it's done but would like to see an instructable on it.  I've searched and searched.  I only found a very broad article on the steps to do this but not detailed enough for me to attempt it. If someone knows how this is done OR has experience with acrylic, please let me know if you write an instructable on this process.  If you have worked with acrylic before but do not know the process, I can explain it. THANKS!

Topic by Squash    |  last reply


Glueing acrylic to wood?

Evening all, I have recently been contemplating throwing together something of a monitor mount. I am currently contemplating whether it would be possible to finish a wood box by attaching a plasticy black surface(plastic, acrylic or what have you) to it. At this stage I am motivated by wanting a black plastic finish that will go with my monitors while at the same time attaching a vesa mount to wood seems like it would be more sturdy than an entirely acrylic box. So long story short, would a sheet of acrylic glue nicely onto a sheet of wood with some sort of epoxy?

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Chair of recycled acrylic

Chair of recycled acrylic With concern for the environment, having as one of its core values actions aiming at sustainability. It is for this noble motive that some companies in Brazil, arrive annually to collect about 480 tons of plastic waste per year for recycling. The acrylic sheet recycled exhibit properties similar to the original acrylic plates and cost much less. In this project, I show the creation of a chair design with fully functional and above all sustainable.

Topic by Daniel Domingos    |  last reply


Acrylic Lichtenberg figure? Answered

I have only see a how to do it on wood. So is it possible to create a lichtenberg figure in plastic? Ofc I have done my research on the topic but I'm not sure if a microwave transformer can do the trick. Or if a plain piece of acrylic is conductive enough to let the electron flow through. Thank you for your reply

Question by Shizen    |  last reply


Acrylic Heating Element - Questions for an electrician and acrylic expert

I'm trying to build a heating element suspended 1" from an aluminum surface, and 2" below what will be a piece of acrylic (hopefully up to 1/2" thick) suspended by aluminum covered 2x4's. I want to have a rheostat (I think that's what they're called) for variable control of the heating element. The width of the element is undetermined, although 1/2" is probably close and this may be of little relevance. The aluminum case itself is 21"x6" and 3" deep So far, I've harvested a coil of Nickel Chromium from a cheap space heater but in trying to create a suspended piece, I've done little but destroy my NiChrom. It was cool, sparks and all, but I'd like to get it right this time. I do not wish to use a torch or heat gun as the pieces are to be wide and the heat must be even over the width to create an aesthetic bend. I will post some photos of the pieces tomorrow. Feel free to throw your hat in on any questions you want to answer. Electric Questions: How much NiChrom. do I need to heat 1/2" acrylic to around 400 degrees (F) for malleabiity? What is the best way to mount or suspend the nichrom.? What is the appropriate method to attach NiChrome to the wiring? (My home made coil using 1/16" copper wiring as a cast was sound in theory, but practice yielded sagging of the strip when active, and eventually sparky explosions at the mounts, after which time this question came to mind.) What kind of Rheostat do I need? What kinds are there? What's the difference? Can I get away with using a 120v/600w Dimmer switch instead (please say 'yes')? Acrylic Questions: What is the ideal heat for bending thicker acrylics? Would a fan below the heating element help disperse the heat evenly over the acrylic, or mess up the dispersion? Can a heating element such as this create sufficient heat to 'weld' 2 pieces together? Is this even possible? Thanks. I'm sure I'll have more questions before you can answer those. Peace - Ian.Wms

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anyway to mold acrylic at home? Answered

From online research i see that you need pressure to keep air bubbles out. it would seem pretty easy to build a pressure vessel and heat it up. i was just looking at the acrylic toilet seats on ebay and some sell for over $200. anyone ever attempted this? anyone know where to get the materials?

Question by dannemillerd    |  last reply


Printing onto an acrylic tumbler?

My school has a club and we are ordering tumblers (the acrylic ones with acrylic straws and stuff) with custom prints on them. We only need 12, but most places have a minimum of 36 or there prices are just way too high. Is there any way I could print something and then transfer it to the cup? Thanks. Adam

Question by Adambowker98    |  last reply


embedding walint slices in acrylic?

I make pine needle baskets and use walnut slices for centers.  I've seen the nut slices embedded in clear acrylic, as well as shells, but haven't figured out how to do this.

Question by osagetree    |  last reply



What to do with 50 acrylic rods

I have 49 50 acrylic rods (37/8th inch height, 5/8th inch diameter) and I don't know what to do with them. Any suggestions

Topic by n8man    |  last reply


Can we silkscreen acrylic? Will it last?

The slikscreen will be on the top of the robot, it is just the carapace. When I talk about acrylic I mean like lexan, plexiglass, etc. I just want to silkscreen for esthetic purpose. It will be on a robot that is indoor. No rubbing, no physical contact. Thanks

Question by robomaniac    |  last reply


Acrylic apple m6531 speaker mod???

I inherited a pair of these round acrylic speakers but the jack is a weird quasi-mini thing that is incompatible with all my gear. Can this "mini" jack be replaced by USB?

Topic by senor gatos  


Latex paint vs acrylic emulsion ? Answered

This has bugged me for a while. I see reference to Latex pain in the USA - Does anyone know if this is the same as what we Brits call acrylic emulsion paint? The only Latex paint I am aware of in the UK is masonry paint.

Question by rickharris    |  last reply


Poly, PETG, Acrylic? How to tell?

Hi all! First, this is my first post to the forums. Hi. :) I have a friend with a laser cutter, and he said that he can only cut Acrylic or PETG. No Polly. First, why is that? And second, I already have some plastic, so how can I tell what kind it is? I bought it a long time ago... I'd rather not buy more plastic if I can help it, but I will if necessary. Thanks! ~Mark

Topic by mbaldridge    |  last reply


polymer clay and acrylic paint instructable

Recently after looking at a few pages on deviant art i have really gotten interested in polymer clay and acrylic paint, i would like to try and make a few charms based off of items in anime, games and what not but all the tutorials i have read online don't really help me without pictures, and i though that if anyone uses polymer clay and acrylic and is apart of the instructables community would they kindly make an instructable on it. I know an instructable on using polymer clay would be good for the community seeing as how i couldn't find on on here already and i would apreciate it greatly

Topic by craig3    |  last reply


Is it safe to make a mold for food out of acrylic? Answered

Is it safe to make a mold for food out of acrylic? Will the acrylic leave an after taste? Will the food be safe to eat?

Question by adamgillies    |  last reply


How to bond cross linked acrylic sheets?

I want to join two 1/4" thick acrylic sheets.  All the welding adhesives for acrylic claim to not work for cross linked joins.  Can someone please suggest the proper chemical or any other method to bond the two pieces together. Thanks.

Topic by kabira    |  last reply


how to download a pdf file?

When ever i want to download any project  in pdf file it asks me to login.....after login also i cannot download a pdf file

Question by shriraksha    |  last reply


Anyone know a good source for scrap acrylic? Answered

 Im trying to find some acrylic but dont want to spend the ungodly amount of money that new acrylic costs.  Sometimes I find some good pieces at goodwill but that's about it.  Any ideas?

Question by sensoryhouse    |  last reply


Tattoo yourself with a pin and pigmented acrylic ink? Answered

I am wondering if you can tattoo yourself with a sterilized sewing pin and pigmented acrylic dip pen ink. Is the ink ok for tattoos? How for does the needle need to go?

Question by josh1324    |  last reply


How to remove scratches from acrylic gems?

Hi there. I bought some acrylic aquarium gems that are multicolored and translucent. These gems have some scratches and blemishes on them that aren't an issue at a distance, but I'm planning on making some jewelry with them, and when examined I want them to be clear and pristine as possible. Do you have any ideas on how I can achieve this without damaging the gems? Thanks in advance!

Question by IrishSnow35    |  last reply


Will a glued acrylic structure hold for a 3d printer ?

Hi,  I'm designing a delta style 3d printer from scratch while trying to use only laser cut acrylic sheets and aluminium extrusions. The entire design is based on the T Bolt construction idea. But there are a few parts that simply need to be glued together. I'm trying to avoid using such joints in load bearing areas but there are a few areas where this is becoming difficult such as the carriage. I'd like to know if i can safely glue the laser cut parts together with out the entire thing falling apart and if yes what kind of glue should I look for? Blckthng

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what blade should be used for cutting taped acrylic sheets with a skill saw? Answered

I would like to know so I can cut some acrylic later it is taped on both sides to prevent splintering of the material.

Question by nerd7473    |  last reply



Can you use your kitchen oven for acryclic painting on glass?

I am painting on glass blocks with acrylic paint and I decided to drill a whole in it and when I did all of the paint washed off.What do you do with glass after it is painted.I have asked this before about putting your glass item in oven.What kind of oven or can I use my kitchen oven?

Question by cctanner3    |  last reply


Can I 3D print using acrylic material?

I work in a process equipment industry and I need to manufacture a small equipment in acrylic? The parts of the equipment are intricate and it is nearly impossible to manufacture using conventional manufacturing processes? I would like to know whether I can 3D print the acrylic component? 

Question by shreyansk    |  last reply


What type of rubber will glue to acrylic and not smell bad?

I would like to glue rubber to acrylic (and leather/cloth potentially). Neoprene worked perfectly, but the smell is horrible. Is there another type of rubber that will easily glue to acrylic and not smell? Silicone maybe? Natural rubber? I have read that both of these also potentially smell, but clearly someone has figured out how to use these without the odor. (...and do you happen to know where to find sheets of this material?)

Question by ScottR226    |  last reply


DIY (very) big bubble glass (acrylic or epoxy)

I just love these lamps from Axel De Witte: http://alexdewitte.nl/?p=44 Is it in any way possible to create similar very big bubble glass with either acrylic or epoxy or something similar? I have something in mind of a balloon in the shape I want and then spray painting it with epoxy resin or similar many times and then in the end remove the balloon inside.

Topic by hensor    |  last reply


Removing acrylic paint from a reused, painted canvas

About a year ago I got started in acrylic paint pouring. At the time I had decided to paint over some of them but I regret this now and wish to removed the painting I have done over them. The original paint pours were sealed with a spray on clear coating but not the painting that I did over them. Is there any way I can remove the over painting without damaging the original paint pours? Any recommendations for solvents/tools or experience with this? Thanks for your feedback!

Question by Markski    |  last reply


Scratch build a clear acrylic and aluminium computer case

Hi All, My current project is building an ATX computer case from scratch, I'm building it from aluminium angles and clear acrylic. Currently I'm writing a blog about the construction process and once I'm finished I'm going to post an instructable. So check out the blog at http://customatx2.blogspot.com.au , feel free to make comments on there and any tips or suggestions are welcome.

Topic by m1234    |  last reply



Light acrylic edges from top instead of edges?

I know plexiglass can be lit from the edges using LEDs, but I'm trying to create something where all 4 edges of a square piece of plexiglass are lit. Is there a way to light the edges from the top/bottom of a piece of plexiglass?

Topic by Shpigford    |  last reply


WILL WHITE ACRYLIC PAINT ON THE WALL GLOW UNDER BLACK LIGHT?

I'm doing a silhouette  wall mural and i want to know if white acrylic paint will glow under a black light?

Question by Terriestephens    |  last reply


How can I make brass and acrylic bond strongly?

I have a 2-inch diameter, 1/4" thick acrylic wheel with a 1/4" hole in the center. I want to bond a brass axle in the hole. How do I make brass and acrylic bond strongly?

Question by janetvans    |  last reply


What can I use in place of acrylic for my mock-up/prototypes?

I'm working on a custom-made pencil case and I intend to do the final version with a lasercut acrylic-sheet that's been shaped around a positive wooden shape. I'm still working on the details of how I want to place the cuts and lines, and would love to be able to make some quick prototypes that I can draw on and carve out (maybe something paper-based?), but I'm short on ideas of how to do this and what materials and techniques to use. I've added an image of the positive shape and some sketches (sorry for the crappy quality).The shape can be split in the middle to allow it to be pulled out at the ends after the acrylic sheet has been shaped around it,

Question by Flark    |  last reply


Where can I find a clear acrylic pipe about one foot in diameter?

I am planning on building a fish tank, so I need a clear pipe about a foot in diameter, between two and four feet long (but it can be cut, of course) I'm in the UK, can anyone give me an idea of where i'd get it?

Topic by chimpanzeeboy    |  last reply


Hi, I'm new. Any other painters here?

Hi!  My name is Teresa.  This is my first post here.  Anyone else here paint?  I paint in acrylics mostly. 

Topic by tdye84    |  last reply


Am I able to upload a project in progress, and add new steps over time? Answered

I have a 90% complete foam block model: Should I wait until completion before posting steps? Furthermore, what is the best type of clear, matte/satin, hard setting varnish to use on acrylic paint?

Question by Shadow Of Intent    |  last reply


Custom Computer Build?

Hello again everone. I am building a custom acrylic computer system and I have everything up and running just fine, all but the sound system. What I did was, I found two different speaker units and removed the speakers and accessories from the cases to make the cp system have just to speaker units installed in it. Ok here I go!. I removed a speaker and two tweeters from one unit and I removed the two speakers and the power amp from the other unit. How do I connect the all three speakers to the power amp and onto the audio card connected to the motherboard on the pc. I took some pictures for you to look at and see what I am up against. Need your help. so I am thanking you in advance for information about this . Eljero.

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