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Subject: Modding plastic trays? rss

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Gláucio Reis
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Does anyone have experience in modifying plastic inserts? I want to cut some holes for extra wells in the tray of Mission: Red Planet, because it doesn't have space for all components as it is. But I wonder whether it is safe to cut that kind of plastic or it will crack.
 
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I'd use heat to cut the plastic, that will form a smoother edge to the cut and reduce the likelihood of later cracking.

Someday, in the far future, I want to put together a vaccuform table and make my own custom inserts for games. But that day is, as mentioned, a long time in the future.
 
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There is a good Instructable that I know of that you should take a look at.

Make Your Own Prototypes: Vacuum Forming
This shows you how to make a small and very easy vacuum former that you could use to make your own customized plastic inserts.
 
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Thanks for the replies! The vacuum former is interesting, but that's not what I'm looking into. It requires an object to be copied, and if the plastic tray could resist that stress, it would certainly be safe to cut it.
 
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