--A pal wants to make a part out of a transparent plastic. It's
going to need a bunch of shallow 1" holes bored into it, plus a pile of
threaded holes. Looking for recommendations for plastic least likely to
Does it really have to be transparent? Delrin and nylons are way more
machineable than polycarbonate but swelling may be an issue.
But yes, if you want something transparent, polycarbonate/Lexan is the
way to go.
Polystyrene and PVC are available at least semi-transluscent too, and
are not going to chip like acrylic.
I have tapped both acrylic and polycarbonate but would not trust the
strength of the threads for much strength in either.
With either polycarbonate or acrylic, it is perfectly possible to get
your cutter embedded in gooey molten plastic if you aren't careful.
Delrin or Nylon will be way more forgiving with respect to cutting