acrylic

Workshop Wednesday: How To Heat-Bend Acrylic Enclosures

Workshop Wednesday: How To Heat-Bend Acrylic Enclosures

Learn how to use heat-bending to shape your project enclosures. Acrylic is a great material to use for this. It’s sleek, durable, and easily shaped.

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Laser-Cutting a Glueless, Acrylic Project Box

Laser-Cutting a Glueless, Acrylic Project Box

Away with the finger joints! ITP student Mike Milazzo has put a new twist on this often-used, sometimes tired, way of making laser-cut boxes.

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Homemade Hybrid Rocket Engine

Homemade Hybrid Rocket Engine

Building a hybrid rocket engine by combining clear acrylic with gaseous oxygen.

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Laser Cut Acrylic Lampshade

Laser Cut Acrylic Lampshade

Done in the traditional stained glass technique of using lead and copper foil, Ben Light brings a different take on the craft by using laser-cut pieces of acrylic. Surprisingly the acrylic didn’t melt despite the necessary heat that was applied. The result is a great proof of concept for more complex works.

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What Carbonated Acrylic Plastic Looks Like

What Carbonated Acrylic Plastic Looks Like

As I wrote about a month ago, one of the many unusual phenomena Ben Krasnow has produced in his garage is supercritical CO2. As you may recall, Ben machined a custom acrylic pressure vessel so he could get (and give) a good look at a state of matter that most of us have little experience of. Since then Ben has inadvertently had a chance to observe another extremely unusual effect: the carbonation of solid acrylic.

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“Hinge Technique” Acrylic Box Construction

“Hinge Technique” Acrylic Box Construction

If you’ve ever tried to build a box from clear acrylic, you know how hard it can be to get good-looking joints between the panels. The folks at TAP Plastics have gotten pretty good at it, but even they admit that the basic slab-joint method “will not produce museum grade products.” This video was produced by the German firm…

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