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Old 10-28-2010, 11:17 PM
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What's the best tool for cutting ABS plastic sheets?

I bought a few ABS plastic sheets. Basically the same plastic you would use to make custom head unit cover plates and whatnot. I need to cut small pieces from the sheets, but I can't decide what the best tool would be that won't hack the plastic to bits, but will instead make smooth cuts. Some pieces will be very small so precision is also key.

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How about a scroll saw like this.





Just set it to slow speed so you dont heat up the plastic.
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This might fit the bill - handheld, variety of available attachments and pretty cheap. I've borrowed one and it works pretty well but the jobs I've done didn't require precision cuts.

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A dremel tool with a cutting blade would work perfect for that. You can get a variable speed one and they are super for small projects.
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In the past, I've had the best luck with a small air-powered (handheld) reciprocating saw and fine tooth blade, or a Roto-Zip cutting "drill" bit. If it's a thin piece, you have also be able to use a sturdy set of tin snips.
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Put duct tape on one side, draw the form, cut and the edges will not be split, let us know.
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If the sheets aren't too thick I've used my soldering gun with a plastic cutter attachment.
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Thanks guys. I think I'm going to start out with the Dremel since I have one. If that doesn't work I'll look into that scroll saw. It's on the thicker side, so I'm not sure that melting will work well or the snips. I'll just keep going down the list of suggestions until something works I guess.
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Thanks guys. I think I'm going to start out with the Dremel since I have one. If that doesn't work I'll look into that scroll saw. It's on the thicker side, so I'm not sure that melting will work well or the snips. I'll just keep going down the list of suggestions until something works I guess.
It would be best to find someone with a scroll saw like that. The good ones are not cheap, however if you know someone with one it would do quite well. I have that same model and it handles all sorts of tasks.
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