How are people/teams cutting their polycarbonate sheeting?
We used our school’s shop room’s bandsaw this year (reverse side of blade), but that really only worked for cuts in a straight line. Now that the school year’s out, that’s not an option anymore until September.
Which way do you think works best, and what alternatives are there?
You could use a scroll saw. This would work for both straight and curved lines. My dad didn’t have a scroll saw, so we used a dremel for the curved lines. It was not as smooth as using a scroll saw, but it worked.
As LegoMindstormsManiac said, tin snips and/or scissors AND a lot of time :P.
We usually don’t go beyond basic geometry – squares, rectangles and triangles usually. I’m curious as to what 1107b uses to cut theirs… they are the lexan gods.
my team uses a jig saw, dremel, or coping saw. To keep it straight, we just use a corner of a table or a ruler(metal) as a guide with clamps. After that we just file it down to get it nice and pretty. If you want sharp curves with the jig saw, just add relief marks.
If no scroll saw or band saw is available, next choice is a Jig Saw before coping saws or tin snips. Clamp it down and use the right blade. Some models even have freakin lasers on them. Not on their shark heads per se, just lasers…
This is the pretty cheap and handy Black and Decker model line up…
Jack, was it you that broke our pair of scissors when trying to cut polycarb?
We find tin snips work fine, we once tried using scissors but we now lack any of those, but perhaps a stanlely/craft knife would also work fine. That way you could get a fairly straight clean edge easily.