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    Lexan Sheet?

    I need to make a custom plate to mount my electronics and what not, and i need to know what thickness of lexan is needed. is this too thick? or not thick enough? or what? Any suggestions? i cant buy any of this stuff yet (not enough $$) but i will be buying within a month or 2.
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    For mounting electronics, that should be fine.
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    May be a little thin
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    Originally posted by rusty_racer_3
    May be a little thin
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    do you have a link to something thicker?
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    i agree with poohblah
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    ive seen people use scrap lexan off of their bodies, so i think youll be more than fine with that piece....

    May be a little thin
    why?????
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    Originally posted by kylesfa
    why?????
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    dont ask why, ask why not
    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    Most bodies are .03"-.06" thick, and that will be fine (it's not like the whole plate won't be braced against the chassis itself, unless you're using some kind of strange aftermarket setup), so I see no reason why .116" wouldn't work.

    $30 seems like a waste of money, if you're only going to use it for mounting electronics...

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    Man, that stuff is HUGE.

    I would get the thinnest thing you can find, unless you are going to be using it to support weight.

    If you are just going to make a plate to sit ontop of the rear servo mount, that .116 is super overkill.

    I bought a sheet of really thin stuff at the LHS two years ago, I think it was $3.00. Im still using it, lol.

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    Have to agree with Swami...kind of overkill

    Unless you intend for it to be self-supportting/un-supported, that 3mm Lexan is more than you need.

    This 2mm Lexan would probably be a little better and still offer a ton of durability

    Remember wear safety glasses, cutting this stuff with a dremel can be optically and respitorily hazardous.

    good luck

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    how would i cut it if i dont have a dremel? thanks for all the help guys!
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    The kind of sheet I would get, you cut with scissors.

    Otherwise, I would go for a hacksaw before using a dremel tool. The Dremel is going to eject a LOT of material into the air.

    But a bandsaw/scrollsaw would probably be the best.

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    would a jigsaw work? i dont have many expensive power tools.. lol
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    I would STRONGLY suggest that you use something besides a jig saw, I know from expeirince. Something that thin would vibrate way too much to keep controll of if you were using a jig saw. Being that thin, a band saw would work realy well. I personally would buy myself a new body with the twenty bucks and use a scrap from cutting it out.

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    Edit: ALWAYS wear eye protection. This I too know from expierence. Lexan is VERY painfull to try to get out of your eye!
    Last edited by bschiltz; 08-17-2004 at 12:12 PM.

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    when i cut my battery hold down bar my stuff that my dad gave me is like 1/8" thick

    pretty thick for its purpose but its does its job


    my dremel cut off wheel just melted its way through the lexan so me thinks that its going bad

    a hack saw worked when i gave up on the smell of burning lexan
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    *sniff* ahhh, the smell of lexan *sniff*

    Actually, it has kind of a peculiar smell about it... rather odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swami View Post
    The kind of sheet I would get, you cut with scissors.

    Otherwise, I would go for a hacksaw before using a dremel tool. The Dremel is going to eject a LOT of material into the air.

    But a bandsaw/scrollsaw would probably be
    the best.

    Swami
    bandsaw is perfect for such cuttings

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