[sdiy] Plastic Panels...

Terrence McWee mcwee at m-net.arbornet.org
Sat Aug 10 04:46:51 CEST 2002

I've used acrylic this way for panels (love the effect you get when 
painting the back side with matte black spray paint), but have found 
that the acrylic shatters far too easily.  Overtighten one screw, and 
it's nothing but tears and recrimination.


On Tuesday, August 6, 2002, at 04:37  PM, cyborgzero at comcast.net wrote:

> If you use acrylic, you could get away with 1/4 inch thick panels and
> they are strong enough..
> A 4x8 sheet of acrylic goes for $75.. You can make loads of very cool
> panels and/or paint the backside of them and/or label them from the
> inside using spraytak.
> Its not a bad idea, and if you need sheilding, you can use metallic
> paint on the back of that..
> Rob
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "patchell" <patchell at silcom.com>
> To: <studio271 at mail.ev1.net>
> Cc: <synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 06, 2002 12:27 PM
> Subject: Re: [sdiy] Plastic Panels...
>>     You didn't specify what kind of plastic (there are lots of
>> plastics).  Using Lexan type material has been discussed here quite
> a
>> bit.  But, you will find that working in plastic isn't a whole lot
>> easier than aluminum.  It is just different.  If you purchase sheet
>> alumimun, you will probably find that it is not much more expensive
> on a
>> material basis.  I find that the material for the front panel is
> cheap
>> compared to the cost of putting the legend on the panel.  However,
> there
>> are cheap ways around this too, several of the list members do a
> great
>> job using means most of us have at home (printing the legend with an
>> inkjet printer and then using adhesive to hold it to the panel).
>>     The main thing you need to concern yourself with plastic however
> is,
>> will it be strong enough.  You generally need a much thicker panel
> using
>> plastic as opposed to aluminum.
>> studio271 wrote:
>>> I'm sure it's been discussed before, but I didn't really find
>>> anything in depth in the archives, just it being put down for
>>> durability...
>>> I've never actually used a modular in my life, but I am building
>>> one. I decided that using aluminum panels is WAY too expensive for
>>> me, and since unmolded plastic is probably pretty unexpensive and
>>> easy to drill using tools I already have at my disposal I wanted
>>> to look into using sheet plastic (i guess that's what it would be
>>> called?) for panels. I really don't care about how strong it is, I
>>> just want to use it. I just wanted to know if anyone has
>>> experience in using this and could tell me a good place to get
>>> this (preferably already cut into 6"x8"(+-2" either way) so that I
>>> don't have to worry about unusual shipping) and how thick would be
>>> best, although that probably depends on what kind of plastic it
>>> is. Thanks for reading!
>>> -Drew
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