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Modding dremel

Discussion in 'Modding' started by MajestiX, 26 Aug 2002.

  1. MajestiX

    MajestiX What's a Dremel?

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    i need help i've just got a dremel and i've gone through bout 6 cutting disc today (the ones that came with it)

    i'm trying to cut 3mm acrylic tried 5mm but guess its too thick so i gotta use i saw i guess but is there any thenique use to cutting

    i might go grabb some reinforce disc tommorow but are metal ones available??? ;) they would help heaps hehehe

    Cheers,
    MajestiX.
     
  2. CharlieCat

    CharlieCat What's a Dremel?

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    The best thing I have used to cut plexi/acrylic is a RotoZip spiral cutter. It cuts nice smooth edges with pretty professional looking results.

    The RotoZip bits fit in a dremel but I have not actually tried them.

    Cheers, CC
     
  3. Lazy

    Lazy Meow?

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    the discs that come with the dremel are useless, Get some re-enforced ones and use them on a low speed. (1 or 2)
     
  4. D3mon

    D3mon What's a Dremel?

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    or u can use a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade ..
    i know it's cheating but works for me :D
     
  5. Shadowspawn

    Shadowspawn Another hated American.

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    Yeah, the rotozip bits work great in the Dremel, but I needed to use a routing attachment to control it accurately enough. I can't wait until my house is finished so that I can have my workshop in the garage...a routing table is going to make these projects go so much easier.
     
  6. MaximaMan2000

    MaximaMan2000 What's a Dremel?

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    I also just wanted to say that if you take a butane torch to the cut part, and hold it there for maybe 3 or 5 seconds (depending on the amount of heat the torch gives out) it well clear up. I've done it a cuple time and it worked really well but I can't remember if it was arcrilic or plexyglass.
     
  7. Lazy

    Lazy Meow?

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    you wouldn't get a very clean cut would you? :)
     
  8. MajestiX

    MajestiX What's a Dremel?

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    guess i'll have to look for one of those yeah its clear plexi glass but i'm not sure if its that or acrylic but ohh well looks the same

    btw low speed don't do it for me the blade keeps stopping and sometimes burnt smell comes out :dude:

    nah butane ain't good get a strip of metal (my metal ruler) put it in the vice and scrape it a few times then use the polisher on the dremel to finish it off gives real good looking sides :D
     
  9. Lazy

    Lazy Meow?

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    you can't keep cutting as the friction causes the disc to slwo down and stop. You have to cut some then lift the dremel disc clear and you will hear it spinning up to full speed. On higher speeds the dremel just melts the plastic and it can melt back together and make a bit of mess. Also molten plastic flys everywhere . :)
     
  10. Asphix

    Asphix What's a Dremel?

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    hehe.. im new to the whole case modding thing.. just bought my first dremel about a week ago.. i was wonderin why when I stealthed my drives, when i was cuting away at the tabs on the bay covers, i went through 5 cutting disks!! The things are a piece of crap! I Bought some reinforced disks last night and tonight when i get home I'm going to start modding my Matrix Orbital 2x5 1/4 LCD bay insert. Im going to mod it in a fashon inspired by GOO and his LianLi mod :D. I'll have to take pic's and post em when its done. Shouldn't take long, I'll paint it this afternoon and while its drying, cut and prep the plexi.. then just throw it back together and voula! I want to go to a car vinal graphic shop and get a custom graphic printed out that i can lay behind the plexi in the future.. but that will happen when i get more $$.
     
  11. NiHiLiST

    NiHiLiST New-born car whore

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    I just got my first Dremel clone too (I'm too poor for a real Dremel) and it's pretty fun. Will be doing some Lian-Li moddage soon.
     
  12. bust0aster

    bust0aster What's a Dremel?

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    i just bought my first dremel a couple of weeks ago and hadn't ever used one or seen one used before. bought a foot x foot sheet of lexan to mess around with cutting and engraving. luckily my kit came with 2 reinforced cutoff wheels so i got to use those. but what everyone is saying here is right, go slow. go as slow as you can. i tried cutting high speed and low and low works much better. at high speed the lexan was melting and bits were flying out and burning me and the cut didn't turn out nice, but when going slow the cut was cleaner. also dont use pressure, i was pressing to hard with the wheel which cause the dremel to really heat up. slowing down may take longer but its the best way to do it if your going to go that route.

    slower was also better when engraving as well. im trying to learn how to engrave in lexan so i can make a nice window etch to replace the plain window in my machine. using a slower speed on my second etch made it turn out looking nicer and the depth of the etch was a whole lot more even.

    first etch: http://elvis.rowan.edu/~amory/pics/biohazard.png
    second etch: http://elvis.rowan.edu/~amory/pics/ku2.png
     
  13. MajestiX

    MajestiX What's a Dremel?

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    hey you can't blame me i'm like every other guy if it ain't working then
    MORE POWER!!!!!! :D

    i have no patience but i did get a lot of white little bits all over me and my work bench dam shouldn't have worn a jumper :cries:
     

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