It makes me think of filter plates for processing precipitates in chemistry, or a vacuum chuck for holding down flat things, or air bearings or any number of other places where an even grid of tiny holes would be needed.
I also learned about annealing acrylic to release the stresses induced by laser cutting.
Normally when you cut and then put solvent glue on acrylic, it almost immediately starts to show tiny hairline cracks as the surface softens. If left alone these cracks significantly weaken a large structure since they form lots of points of failure under load.
According to what I have read, if you first anneal the plastic in an oven at 230F it releases the internal stress and allows you to glue the parts without cracking.
For a lot more info… PMMA – Americas
It is definitely worth a try! These cracks gave me a major headache when I was making these:
Anyway this was a fun diversion.
Video (maybe too long) included for further information and a brief demo…
I don’t know for sure, but my guess would be yes.
The laser melts just a tiny bit of the edge next to the area that gets vaporized, and as it cools and contracts it wants to pull the rest of the sheet with it.
I would be willing to bet that ANY thermoplastic (as opposed to thermoset) will act the same way.
What? You don’t have a 0.01" drill bit for your drill press? (and about 2 hours to drill a zillion holes)
I don’t think they even make those sized bits (at least not for sale at Home Depot LOL).
Lasers make some incredible things possible. Software helps enormously - making the difference between “drilling” one hole and 500 holes trivial. Great for replacing the sewing hole punch for leather by the way. I love the future.
I like this but your puck would be getting pretty heavy. I have vivid memories of getting air hockey pucks to the knuckles. haha i can imagine taking one that has a battery and fan glued to it.
Not to dissuade you, definitely worth trying!
How about just hover puck races. Sloped board with some tracks on it, down to a level surface. Kind of like Cub Car races for kids. Choose your balloon size and race. I think it would be interesting to see at which point the weight, air resistance of a large balloon becomes a detriment. Good for physics class.
Edit - New idea. Put a 3/4" block under one side of the acrylic then laser the holes. I want to know if it just spins in place or scoots along on its own.