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Man that is a nice find! Especially that 1" material. A square foot of that from TAP Plastics is $50-$60.

We have a number of boat builders in my town and one shop that makes acrylic windscreens for them… Hoping some day I can pay a visit and take some “scrap” off their hands.

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Wow. Great find! Symbiosis at its best! You paid them to haul their trash away! :slight_smile:

I’m going to have to look around town now. Who knows what one can find! And it’s great you’ve now built up a relationship with them so you can come by and get more here and there!

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They have a box waiting for me once a week now =)

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if you haven’t seen them, you can buy “frosted” vinyl cling sheets that work well for this. done right, it honestly just looks like frosted glass.

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Ooooh man…what a dilemma…!

Here are the two engraves. I already had one in cast, so I just did one in extruded as well. Probably not the best image to use for an example, but you can hopefully see which is of better quality.

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this image upsets me (without justification)

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Aye, it was a bad example, but you can see how the extruded acrylic has a hard time with details, and what’s harder to see is how it warps a lot more easily around engraved areas. The clear sections aren’t as clear.

It looks a lot better engraved into wood =P.

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That looks awesome. Can you tell us how you did it?:slight_smile:

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Sure. I ran the engrave as normal, it was a vector engrave. Dark setting. This was on proofgrade maple ply. Then I selectively peeled off the masking to brighten up the pieces I wanted to pop out more.

It’s a tedious process, but my girlfriend loves watching movies we’ve both already seen, so this is one of the things I do while she’s doing that. Haha

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I really like the shaded areas that you did. I wasn’t sure we would be able to do that.

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i mean they’re both awesome, i’m just being childish about mixing franchises :smiley:

i super like that second one though, seriously.

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It’s just soot from the engrave that’s collected on the masking. I really liked how it looked as well which is what made me just decide to leave it on there =). I made an acrylic case for it and now my gf uses it as a coaster at work =P

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Me too (sorta), until I realized a vector cut would separate the two universes, so to speak. Awesome optimization either way! :sunglasses:

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You’ve never seen stargate wars?

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Back when Stargate: SG-1 was on Showtime(?), Farscape was on SyFy (or whatever they called themselves back then). Both were on Friday nights, so my wife and I started to refer to them as FarStarGateScape.

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WOW, all super awesome, and great comparisons…thank you!!

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Wow, that is outstanding! I really need to learn more about vector engraves…

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I’ll be honest, I’m actually surprised by how well the extruded engraved. You can tell the difference, but there wasn’t as much difference as I expected.

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These are absolutely fabulous in the detail and creative use of operations, design and materials.

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