Ben's Case Construction Notes

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Post by eurddrue » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:03 pm

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Dilberitio wrote:What ply engraving plastic should i use from that website.
I think the "ply" means how many layers of colors there are. I'm pretty sure almost all of the plastics on that site are 2 ply.


Question for knowledgeable people: Is engraving plastic ok to use with vacuum forming?


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I don't think so. I'm pretty sure that you have to use polystyrene plastic of some sort.
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Post by limpport » Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:27 am

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Dilberitio wrote:What ply engraving plastic should i use from that website.
I think the "ply" means how many layers of colors there are. I'm pretty sure almost all of the plastics on that site are 2 ply.


Question for knowledgeable people: Is engraving plastic ok to use with vacuum forming?


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I don't think so. I'm pretty sure that you have to use polystyrene plastic of some sort.
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Re: Ben's Case Construction Notes

Post by Taiben » Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:41 am

Actually acrylic engraving plastic can be vaccuum formed. I haven't tried it but i came across this article when I was researching.

http://www.designnews.com/article/8115- ... _sheet.php

No idea what it does with the color layers.
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Re: Ben's Case Construction Notes

Post by Basement_Modder » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:14 pm

According to rekarp, you can vacuum form wood, too.
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Post by Life of Brian » Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:37 pm

Basement_Modder wrote:According to rekarp, you can vacuum form wood, too.
Eh, not really. Don't mislead people.
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Post by mikeyg » Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:24 pm

Basement_Modder wrote:According to rekarp, you can vacuum form wood, too.
This is what he said.
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Krepticor wrote:so sad that wood doesn't vac-form
It does to an extent. I actually looked into it when I was testing bent wood. You can't get anything crazy tho.
Meaning, it bends to an extent, but it won't vac-form like plastic....

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Post by Life of Brian » Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:17 pm

mikeyg wrote:Meaning, it bends to an extent, but it won't vac-form like plastic....
Yes, exactly - meaning you can't really vacuum form it for a case.
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Re: Ben's Case Construction Notes

Post by Timthegeek » Sun Apr 04, 2010 11:10 pm

You can vacume for wood just fine as long as: you use very thin layers (veneer) and only curve or form in one direction (cross grain) and use alotta glue or bonding agent.

If you were making a case and wanted a wood finish, build the case using whatever construction, vacume formed acrylic was the initial discussion (I think, it's been a long day)

I would do that or possibly sculpted mdf if you wanted all wood case

then I would get 1/16 or thinner veneer of the wood of your choice
and cut it to the shapes you need (skill required)
glue and roll them on
then vacume it to dry
sand, stain, seal
that should give you the desired effect

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Re: Ben's Case Construction Notes

Post by samjc3 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:39 pm

or you could just build the case out of wood. even with curves and such it wouldn't be too hard.
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Re: Ben's Case Construction Notes

Post by kcraig530 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:08 pm

I have been looking for the answer to this question everywhere. What program does Ben use for his CNC CAD modeling. I cant seem to find a program that lets me work in 2d, 3d, and supports tool paths...that is easy to get anyway. Only program like that i know of is EnRoute which seems to be really difficult to come by.

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Re: Ben's Case Construction Notes

Post by xboxlegend » Tue May 17, 2011 3:24 pm

I dont personally know what Ben uses but you can get any AutoCAD program for free if you signup as a student here. http://students.autodesk.com/?nd=register I got AutoCAD 2012 from here and love it.
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Post by AnonMac » Fri May 20, 2011 6:48 am

limpport wrote:
limpport wrote:
Dilberitio wrote:What ply engraving plastic should i use from that website.
I think the "ply" means how many layers of colors there are. I'm pretty sure almost all of the plastics on that site are 2 ply.


Question for knowledgeable people: Is engraving plastic ok to use with vacuum forming?


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What is vacuum forming?

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