Working with Polycarbonate

Posted: October 3, 2007 in Basic Plastic Tips

Cutting
Redco™ Polycarbonate sheet can be cut with a variety of common hand-held and table-mounted equipment. In general, sharp tooling with fine cutting teeth should be used to minimize vibration and clatter sheets should be properly supported along the trim line before cutting.
Circular Saws
Use a fine-tooth, hollow ground panel blade with 10-12 teeth per inch. Sabre saws equipped with a fine-tooth blade can also be used, but proper support is recommended.
Drilling
Drill with a high-speed steel or carbide-tipped twist drill. Drill holes slightly larger than the fastener to allow for expansion and contraction (e.g., drill a 1/4″ hole for a 3/16″ screw). Place holes at twice the fastener diameter or 1/2″ from the edge of the sheet, whichever is greater.

Where to find Redco Polycarbonate sheets: click here.

 

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