September 1, 2021

How to cut plexiglass with Dremel

How to Cut Plexiglass With a Dremel

Amongst the materials, Dremel tool cuts are (acrylic) plexiglass and fiberglass. The Dremel tool yields high-quality cuts and a fine finish. It is quick and efficient, and it cuts the material at high speeds, and that is, from 10,000 rpm to 35,000 rpm. Use a steady hand to cut a straight line or any shape of your choice. 

Step 1

Safety comes first before you start using your Dremel tool. Put on your goggles and gloves to protect your eyes and hands. The Dremel tool has a lot of power that causes injuries if not careful. There are safety precautions to follow in the manual. 

Bits from the material are dangerous for the eyes.  The work area has to be clear before you start working for enough room to move around. A workbench works better, but if you do not have any flat area, it works. Examine the electric cord as you make sure it is long enough for easy cutting. 

Step 2

Make sure the Dremel tool is off. Loosen the collet and insert the 561 bit. Tighten the collet with the wrench. Plug the Dremel tool into a power supply.

Step 3

Lay your plexiglass on a flat work surface and mark the area you have to cut on the plexiglass  Using a marker. The plexiglass stretches easily, and it comes with a protective film on the surface. 

The film protects the straight edge from marking the clear acrylic. For a straight cut, use a straight edge as a guide. Secure the straight edge to the plexiglass so that it does not move. Clamping keeps your material steady. 

Any movement that comes due to measuring, marking, or cutting compromises the quality of the end cut. Use a tape measure or ruler if the edge is straight and treasure the distance of your cut. Mark the beginning and endpoints using a marker. When using the freehand for cutting, do not use any cutting guides. 

Step 4

Check where the blade lands when you start running the Dremel tool against the side of the straight edge. The edge of the blade has to hit the line for precise cuts. When not satisfied, adjust the straight edge till it does. 

Set the tool on 6 or 8 as you turn on the Dremel tool. Cutting on less than six cuts less material than required, and cutting above 8, cuts more than expected. Start cutting at a 45-degree angle and slowly move to 90 degrees. That maximizes the blade exposure to the material. 

Continue with the cut till you are satisfied. Cut along the marked lines using water in a spray bottle so that you keep the Dremel tool cool. Check the mounting and reset. Test the Dremel on a scrap piece so that t you do not damage your Dremel tool on a first cut.

Step 5

Remove the cutting bit from the Demel tool and remove the material cuttings off the Dremel tool using an air compressor. 

Step 6

Sand down the edges when done cutting. The edges of the plexiglass end up with roughness and unevenness. Use fine-grit sandpaper attached to the sanding block for smooth and clean edges. 

Leave the plexiglass on the work table so that you remain with a good base to press against. Flip the sheet over when you want to clean the other side. If there is excess material to be cut, re-install the sheet and cut again. 

Pro tip: You may also be interested in How to Sharpen a Circular Saw Blade with a Dremel.

What Dremel bit will cut plexiglass?

When working with a Dremel bit to cut plexiglass, use a 561 bit as you insert it into the Dremel. The bit is for acrylic and many more applications. Set the Dremel speed to six or eight. 

Do not run the blade too fast since that tears up the acrylic, resulting in chipping or cracking. Do not exceed 30,000rpm when running the bit. The 561 bit is a high-speed multi-purpose cutter that cuts through multiple materials such as fiberglass, plastic, and wood. It is made of high-speed steel and comes with a 1/8inch steel shank (Source).  

The 561 bit works with the Dremel multi-purpose cutting attachment 565. It helps you maintain depth during the application, and the depth of the guide supports the cutting blade as it extends beyond the material. 

The Dremel tool sometimes gets difficult to control and results in s along the bit. The bits cuts and drills plexiglass and creates shapes of your choice. Control the bits when moving in a clockwise direction. 

Set the tool at high speed and allow the material to feed slowly. Start the cut at a 45-degree angle and slowly bring it to 90 degrees. Avoid using the tip of the bit, and use the sides of the bit since that brings the tool to full cutting capacity. 

Can I use a Dremel to cut plexiglass?

Dremel is a rotary tool that works on multiple applications that includes glass cutting. Plexiglass is a type of glass that is stronger and used to replace window panes. It is flexible, and the flexibility depends on thickness. 

Using Dremel is a convenient and fast way to cut through your plexiglass. That makes the task easy for homeowners who wish to renovate their houses and gadgets. Use Dremel with the appropriate attachment so that the process becomes simple. Dremel is a lightweight tool that is easy to use, and the Dremel tool performs better in filing down rough edges. 

Tips

  • Make sure the cutting attachment is mounted.
  • Check the bit if it is sharp.
  • You should not wear down the cut-off wheel.
  • Replace the battery if the tool is cordless.
  • Use more water.
  • Lower the speed.
  • Check bits for tightness after long cuts.

Blade for cutting Plexiglass

There are multiple circular blades for cutting plexiglass. Carbide-tipped blades make cuts of high quality, and they are fast and require fewer blade changes. However, sharpening the Dremel blades has to be regular. 

CIRCULAR BLADE SAWS

Carbide-tipped blades give cuts of superior quality, cut faster, and require fewer blade changes because of dulling. However, send the circular blades to the factory for resharpening. 

They are meant for high-speed and are made of alloy steel. The circular saw is popular and efficient. You need a plexiglass sheet, clamps, a piece of wood, safety gear, adhesive tape, and a circular blade saw with a proper circular blade. 

Put the plexiglass on the workbench, and it has to be clean. Stability comes from the claims. The protective film on the plexiglass sheet protects the plexiglass that is exposed to scratches. 

Peel one corner of the paper when done on the project. Use a coolant spray on the blade before running your circular saw. That reduces heat from the tool. You should also see How to use a Dremel Circle Cutter.

David D. Hughes

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