(Topic ID: 235547)

plastic cutter and or fabrication

By dragon2016

2 years ago

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    #1 2 years ago

    So I need a new piece of plastic on my High Speed and couldn't easily find a replacement--but I have many other replacement plastic pieces sitting in a box and doubt I will use some of them. One looks large enough to use for replacement. I was thinking of using the broken piece I have as a template and cutting a new piece from the extra piece I will probably never need. Does anyone have a good clean way to cut this 30 year old plastic. Also--since I am sure this piece of plastic will get a lot of abuse--is there a better way to replace/fabricate in this situation.

    Thanks from the newbie

    #2 2 years ago

    I would use pteg or polycarbonate instead of cutting an old plastic.

    Here is one method


    #3 2 years ago

    I agree with northvibe. I have tons of PETG for the ramps I make, but if I was going to make a flat plastic for the playfield, I would use polycarbonate (Lexan). Also, that old plastic is probably pretty brittle by now. Don't know where you live, but most major cities have retail plastic stores. Here in Washington, we have one called Tap Plastics. They always have left over pieces of all sorts of plastic that they put in a bin and sell for a couple bucks a pound. When I go in, I usually buy all of the clear 1/8" polycarbonate they have.

    As far as cutting it, I may roughly draw the outline of the piece I want to reproduce, then rough cut it with a band saw (fine tooth blade). Then I finish them to the proper size on a bench top belt sander or a Dremel with a sanding drum. If you don't have a band saw, you could also use those diamond dust cut-off disks for the Dremel. If you are really anal, the cut edges of polycarbonate can be fine sanded down to at least 1000 grit and then polished like glass. Can't do that with PETG.

    #4 2 years ago

    IF you have access to a laser cutter; tracing the broken plastic onto paper then "converting" to DXF is how I did my Star Trek Mirror Universe plastics.

    I don't have stock of PETG; but it's something that I've been meaning to try.

    #5 2 years ago

    Home depot, lowes, and harbor freight tools all carry lexan for cheap. They also have cutters for it.

    Unless you have access to a 3D printer or laser cutter, I would use that route. Easy and cheap.

    #6 2 years ago

    Thanks to all for the tips--I have a TAP plastic within reach and I can't thank you folks enough for the well thought out advice. I will post a pic when it is finished.

    #7 2 years ago
    Quoted from dragon2016:

    I have a TAP plastic within reach

    Just ask them which pieces are clear polycarbonate.....they also may have some tinted polycarbonate. Pieces are usually like 12" x 12", so work well for us pinballers making plastics.

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