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    Acrylc or Polycarbonate

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    Post  salmon Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:10 am

    Aside from the obvious price what are the differences? which do you use and why?
    Peace and Cheers,
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    Post  Giovanni LiCalsi Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:25 pm

    Hi Tom,
    Here is an OTW WTC that was shipped from the UK, inside of a sub hull.It was not shipped from OTW.
    OTW uses acrylic tubes. I'm building a replacent WTC out of polycarbonate, a much more durable material and more shatter-proof. OTW does design an otherwise excellent WTC.Maybe they can be offered in polycarbonate?
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    Post  salmon Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:32 am

    Ooouch! Nice wtc minus the broken area.

    I also saw a post by Richard about a build he was doing and had motors placed in a small acrylic wtc and while eating dinner it made a loud ban and was broken. I saw, somewhere, a statement that acrylic will crack, but polycarbonate with shatter.

    So, that being said, why are people using acrylic? Is it worth the risk or does the breaking happen so infrequently that it is still considered because of cost? The cost for acrylics is half (or more) than polycarbonate.

    Thoughts? Please know your thoughts are going to help me build my first wtc! So please speak up! I want to be "most cost effective", but still be smart about it.

    Thanks!
    Peace,
    Tom
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    Post  Giovanni LiCalsi Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:10 am

    Tom,
    Acrylic is less expensive in the UK but not so much here.
    Call this vender for the best quotes over the phone. Sometimes they have remnants for a lower price.Polycarbonate machines better, too.
    http://www.professionalplastics.com/
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    Post  david f Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:16 am

    I much prefer polycarbonate, if I can get it.

    It solvent welds nicely too.
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    Post  salmon Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:38 am

    Thank you Giovanni and David!

    For the ends of your wtc do you use the same or different material? How thick is your caps at each end?

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    Post  Giovanni LiCalsi Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:36 pm

    If you want clear use polycarbonate,or not use CPVC grey.
    Both machine well, CPVC better.
    Thickness depends on what design and size o-rings.
    Maybe 1/4" or more.
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