I’m brand new- Machine obtained, pre-first cut, learning Inkscape new. I have about a billion concept sketches for big things I’m excited to try out but I’m starting small for a work project and I have my first of many questions! I’m so excited to join this community, I’ve been reading and learning for months and the way people discourse here has been so educational and inspiring.
I’d like to make a tray that hold a series of vials (4X8 will hold them nicely) with a slightly raised edge as these will be slid with the vials on them. The vials are small but made of glass and collectively hold about 10-12oz of fluid, so there’s a bit of weight there. I’m considering two options to make the tray;
- Get a thicker acrylic and use engrave to carve out the center
- Does using engrave this way generally produce an even/smooth result with the right settings?
- How thick should my acrylic be? These trays will be moved and carried short distances frequently. Will it buckle or crack under pressure of having this kind of weight on it if its too thin?
- Cut the base 5x9 rectangle and then cut a separate piece at the same outer dimensions but make an additional centered cut at 4x8 and then glue the top piece to the bottom
I’d prefer the top option if it’s something that has potential to work- if I can figure out this project I’ll ultimately be making about 80 of them, so the material costs would add up quickly and I’m not eager to incorporate welding acrylic into my very first project… Baby steps.
If the top option IS plausible, is engraving such a large space very very time consuming? I’d likely want to engrave to half of the overall depth of the acrylic itself, and I’d like to go as thin as possible while still being durable enough to last a high volume serving cycle in a restaurant (they wont need to be put through a dishwasher or anything)
I included a picture of what I have in inkscape (red=cut, blue=engrave)
I really appreciate any insight!