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  • Acrylic/plastic sheet scraps?

    I'm sure I remember someone on this site saying that their partner worked with acrylic sheet for signwriting, and had lots of scraps going spare... but I'm having trouble finding the thread again.

    Y'see, now my beloved has a new toy - a milling machine! And he's looking for some scraps of acrylic sheet, and we can't find any anywhere. If I can find something like that he can mill that's thick enough, he's even offered to make me a custom beading tray...

    It's not what a milling machine normally cuts, as it's typically used for metals, but sheet acrylic would be much more useful for a tray than steel, iron, ally, brass, or whatever! Mind you, he'd be even happier if anyone had lumps of those they didn't want!
    Cheers,
    Scorch

    Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
    Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

  • #2
    ooh how i'd love my own milling machine!
    alas this offers you no help

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    • #3
      A bargain at "only" about £500 from Warco... weighs about 11 stone, and getting it onto the bench from the crate nearly crippled his back as badly as buying it did his bank account!
      Cheers,
      Scorch

      Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
      Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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      • #4
        hahaha oh dear!!
        i'm currently still living at home and have been given the garage for a workshop, but can't afford the luxury of machines and there's no point me saving up because when i finally move up they won't fit in a tiny lil flat! haha
        makes me regret not using my uni workshop TEN TIMES MORE!

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        • #5
          Indeed - woudn't it be nice if the colleges & universities would let other people use them at weekends, perhaps for a fee?
          Cheers,
          Scorch

          Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
          Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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          • #6
            yes!!
            i've been looking for anywhere i can work, but no luck.
            when i was still doing my degree i made a big metal peacock, but i thought i wasnt going to be able to use my uni facilities so i emailed my old uni to ask if they let outsiders use them and they well and truly told me where to stick it! haha. luckily i didn't end up having a problem doing it at my own uni.
            but i miss welding and chopping up wood oh so much!

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            • #7
              Hi Scorch

              My hubby has scraps of plastic - PETG if that's any good to you, what sort of sizes and thickness were you looking for. He's made quite a few things for me and says it's easy to machine & work with, he uses my heatgun to bend it too.
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              • #8
                Hiya, Autumn Faerie!

                That sounds great! To be honest, I have no clue what PETG actually is... in terms of what it looks & feels like. y'know? But, if it's relatively rigid, and will machine with ordinary tools, it'd be lovely to have some! If it's bendable with heat, is it maybe like the stuff they make signs with, and displayracks & things? That'd be excellent...

                I bet my beloved could find a use for just about any size and thickness you have to spare, to be honest. From a few mm in thickness up to an inch or more, in any size at all from a few inches to feet, and if it comes in rods, he'd turn it up with the lathe, too! But personally, I'd like to find a little bit anywhere around A5 to A4 in size, and at least 1/4" or 6mm in thickness, to try & make a bead layout tray from it.

                I'd be more than happy to pay you for a bundle of whatever scraps you'd like to send, plus postage - if you'd be interested, maybe PM me your email address and we can arrange that off the forum?

                Thank you SO much for replying...
                Cheers,
                Scorch

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Raffles Bizarre View Post
                  makes me regret not using my uni workshop TEN TIMES MORE!
                  I'm with you on that one ...kicking myself now but fortunately husband has let me have the spare bedroom as a workshop and turns a blind eye to my machinery buying ... I would so love a laser cutter though... can't see him turning a blind eye to that request!
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                  • #10
                    Have pm'd you
                    "Human beings, who are almost remarkable in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so" - Douglas Adams


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                    • #11
                      I have a suggestion I have sent you a PM

                      I have a suggestion I have sent you a PM
                      www.toppotsupplies.co.uk

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                      • #12
                        certain universities were allowing other makers

                        On the University front there was a scheme last year where certain universities were allowing other makers to come in and use their facilities.
                        Can't remember what the scheme was called but I think it was part funded by the Arts Council
                        www.toppotsupplies.co.uk

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all the tips, Brian! I'll have to look out for some of these places, I can tell...

                          Chronos are indeed a great place... but not what you'd call a bargain, usually! The best time is their Open Days - great bargains, and a prize draw, too. I won a metal-turning lathe the other year!

                          Ooh, fancy - your own CNC machine! Cool! So, if we ever need something absolutely ridiculously intricate that The Great Hairy can't manage by hand on hios new mini-mill, you'd be the one to commiission, then...?
                          Cheers,
                          Scorch

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                          • #14
                            Just so everyone knows, PETG can be cut and milled beautifully with a home mini-mill.
                            Thank you for all your help, Autumn Faerie! I'd give you some "points" but it won't let me...
                            Cheers,
                            Scorch

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                            • #15
                              Zap! Creatives - Acrylic Scraps

                              What sort of sizes would you need? We sell A5 acrylic in sheets for cheap but have some small bits and pieces laying about which are scrap.

                              Have you tried to find plastic and acrylic fabricators and manufacturers? They will send you sample swatches which may be of some use?

                              Dave
                              Zap! Creatives
                              Laser Cutting, Acrylic Printing & Craft Supplies.
                              Dave
                              Zap! Creatives
                              Laser Cutting, Acrylic Printing & Craft Supplies

                              www.zapcreatives.co.uk

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