First go ‘round


#1

So I haven’t received my proofgrade material yet, but I’ve waited 2+ years at this point to wait another day! So with out further ado…

I know I know, it’s not the founder ruler, but I already have enough rulers. But we did want this fancy measurator: Pasghetti Measurator

And holy cow does acrylic stink. Not sure if this is normal or if it’s just the Optix stuff from Home Depot


#2

I think the Proofgrade acrylic doesn’t smell quite as bad as some, but give me the burning hair smell of leather any day! I think @jbv’s pasghetti measurator should be the new Founder’s ruler. 'Cuz pasta.


#3

The Optix stuff is extruded acrylic, I believe. Cast acrylic smells a lot less.

(The Proofgrade is cast acrylic…you’re going to notice a significant difference.)


#4

There’s a brass knuckles one floating around here somewhere.


#5

Congrats on your new machine! Having fun already, even without the Proofgrade, I see. You will really appreciate it when it comes–it’s lovely stuff.


#6

I love the idea of Proofgrade, but would also love a database of readily available, local products (Home Depot, Lowes, Tandy…) that have been tried successfully with links to purchase, settings that work and notes on things like smell and such.


#7

I’ve only cut the proofgrade acrylic once and boy, if that’s better than extruded I’ll never cut extruded! Super stinky to me.


#8

Yeah, no problem with alternate sources, (and sometimes GF runs low on stuff), but definitely choose cast acrylic over extruded whenever you get the opportunity. That extruded acrylic is enough to gag a maggot. :confounded:


#9

Yeah, completely agree! First time I cut acrylic was on a free sheet of extruded my friend gave me. The amount of nasty smoke and deposits on the machine interior were definitely not worth it. The proofgrade acrylic I don’t really mind, just a slight smell like someone doing their nails.


#10

Alas, some of the fancy acrylics, like mirror acrylic, only comes extruded :frowning:
I really need to seal up my vent hose with some metal tape.


#11

I bought some acrylic from HD months ago and I couldn’t find anywhere on the label whether it was cast or extruded. If I have to do research, then it would be nice to save someone else the time. :smiley:


#12

So extruded also creates more deposits on the machine? It’s not just the smell? I don’t think I’ll ever use extruded.


#13

My first cuts on acrylic were on mirrored extruded. It was months before I tried the Proofgrade…the smell was that bad.

The whole house stank for days…not a happy introduction. Trust me… you’ll be able to tell the difference. (It also didn’t help that I had a few leaks around the Quick Connect.) :roll_eyes:


#14

yeah, white smoke pouring out the exhaust. white/yellow powder in the whole bed, smell took hours to clear out. I probably didn’t have the settings perfect, just used the settings for the proofgrade, but he was in a hurry so I didn’t have time to do tests.


#15

Yuck. Will avoid. Does Delrin have any of these issues?