Working with Acrylic

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  1. gamma

    gamma Spaghetti Worm

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    Anyone know of a good source on working with acrylic? I'm looking to design a sump and wanted to read up on working with acrylic?
     
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  3. fletch

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    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I just built a new sump out of Acrylic. I made it larger than it was possible to put in the stand after it was complete so I built the whole think under the stand if you have any questions is fresh in my mind.

    I used 3/8 acrylic
    ordered it pre cut so I didn't have to worry about it
    Was very specific about my cuts (sent a blue print)
    used Weldon 40 to glue pieces together
    used silicone to fix the baffles

    Jason
     
  5. gamma

    gamma Spaghetti Worm

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    Thanks for the link.

    Jason - did you order your acrylic online or from a local source and if I may ask how much did you pay?

    I have a bunch of questions:

    Have you done any bending of the acrylic?

    I know you had your acrylic pre-cut, but did you have to do any other cutting or drilling and if so, what did you use?
     
  6. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I didn't have to do any cutting of my own. I have since built and overflow box that I cut and drilled. I used a local shops acrylic blade on a table saw and a regular hole bit on a hand drill.
    As for bending no I have never even tried.

    I ordered the Acrylic from a local plastics shop. I have to by a 4X8 sheet but only really needed half of it. So I found a buddy that wanted the other half. the full sheet of 3/8 acrylic cost me $280.00 CAN.

    J
     
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    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    I've seen sheets of acrylic at home depot for pretty cheap. But what they had left wasn't very thick. Not sure if they carry thick stuff, but may be worth a look.
     
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  9. dx7fd2

    dx7fd2 Sea Dragon

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    Here's a pretty good site for working with acrylics! ;)

    http://www.melevsreef.com/

    I just finished my sump/refugium using a 20gal aquarium. All I had to do was the baffles which I used 1/8inch "GE acrylite" from Home Depot. I used a hole saw and hand tools. The acrylite can be scored and popped along the score line for a very clean break. It is not thick enough for the whole sump obviously, I would suggest 1/4".

    If you have some local plastics places check there first because they might have pieces that you can get that will forgo the expense of buying full sheets. 8)
     
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    dx7fd2 Sea Dragon

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    As far as cutting and drilling, Plasdrills are great (USPlastics). You can get blades for table saws that are specially designed for plastic sheeting.

    I have yet to bend any plastic, yet but I will be starting an overflow box this weekend that will need to be bent and I will let you know. Apparently, you can use a very good heat gun, or what I am going to attempt, using a torch. My best suggestion for doing everything with plastic is go very slow and patiently. So far I have succeeded without breaking anything.

    Read everything here at 3reef under DIY. There are a few threads just about plumbing refugiums that have diagrams and questions along these same lines.