Customs: how do you cleanly cut through plastic?

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  1. Bobby Lemain

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    I want to start modding but before I can, I have to get this cleared up since I coudln't find it in OWAT's guide...

    how do you cleanly cut through thick plastic???

    Dremel...wont work
    soldering iron...melting will warp the plastic
    a saw...it was a really dumb idea (it cut through but I had to sand it and I ended up loosing 3mm of plastic trying to get it smooth)

    so, any suggestions?
     
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    I would imagine you could do it with a box-cutter and some patience and end up with minimal plastic loss or distortion.
     
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    I would imagine you could do it with a box-cutter and some patience and end up with minimal plastic loss or distortion.
     
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    I "saw" at it with an Xacto knife, then sand. If it's big, then I use a wire clipper, then knife, then sand
     
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    I "saw" at it with an Xacto knife, then sand. If it's big, then I use a wire clipper, then knife, then sand
     
  6. Bobby Lemain

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    really! woah... I always thought there was some tool I've never heard of that people have been using. guess I was wrong.
     
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    really! woah... I always thought there was some tool I've never heard of that people have been using. guess I was wrong.
     
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    Soak it in hot/warm water for a few minutes to soften it, then use an x-acto knife
     
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    Soak it in hot/warm water for a few minutes to soften it, then use an x-acto knife
     
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    I always just use some heavy duty snips. If I'm cutting something really thick, then its to the bandsaw.

    if you want really straight edges, you may want to look into getting a disc sander, you can pick these up fairly cheap on craigslist or local classifieds.
     
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    I always just use some heavy duty snips. If I'm cutting something really thick, then its to the bandsaw.

    if you want really straight edges, you may want to look into getting a disc sander, you can pick these up fairly cheap on craigslist or local classifieds.
     
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    Dremmel with the thin blade.

    Works on die-cast also.
     
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    Dremmel with the thin blade.

    Works on die-cast also.
     
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    you herd it dremmel you can get a thin blade that works great on thick plastic
     
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    you herd it dremmel you can get a thin blade that works great on thick plastic
     
  18. Bobby Lemain

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    ok well it turns out that after I opened what I was about to cut, it would mess up some vital gimmics so i decided to not cut it... but I'll take the advice on the thin blade so when I get some time I'll head down to Sears and look for some accessories.

    does anyone know what the "thin blade" is actually called?
     
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    ok well it turns out that after I opened what I was about to cut, it would mess up some vital gimmics so i decided to not cut it... but I'll take the advice on the thin blade so when I get some time I'll head down to Sears and look for some accessories.

    does anyone know what the "thin blade" is actually called?
     
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