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Old 07-16-2002, 06:17 AM   #1
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What tools do I need to cut Plexiglas?

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5.23 What tools do I need to cut Plexiglas? [PS]
A good quality Carbide Tipped Triple Chip saw blade is preferred when cutting Plexiglas. This reduces the amount of chipout on the opposite side of the material and produces a smooth edge.

A Router can be used to cut Plexiglas as well. The Router should be at least 1.5 HP or better and with changeable collets for a 0.5" Shank quality 2 flute Carbide bit. This reduces the vibration and chattering when cutting and will produce a more smooth edge.

Since Plexiglas is an acrylic plastic (polymer), heat generated by the saw blade or router bit when cutting will melt the material and create a glazed imperfection viewed from the face if you do not maintain a steady rate of cut. It is best that when cutting you do a rough cut first, then do the finished size cut to reduce stress on the cutting blade and equipment.
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