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    How to cut ABS plastic

    Alright, I have installed by Profec A where my ashtry goes by cutting a whole in ABS plastic (the stuff that make Stereo DIN's out of) and it took a long ass time. I am going to do it again today better, but I am wondering...How is the best way to cut that stuff? Thanks
    Jason

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    Hey Jason... why dont you buy the Din Kit for the controllers? makes it easier and you can leave your dash stock.... looks better IMO

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    Sharp razor blade works the best. But you can also use an air saw or jig saw.

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    any other techniques?

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    cnc mill works great.

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    I usually use a Bridgeport. If you don't have one available, set up guides for a rotozip and you can get very good results too.

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    Dremel

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    I used a bandsaw to make the custom gauge cluster in my Celica. There's a picture HERE .

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    In no special order when working with plastics:

    1. Dremel
    2. Rotozip
    3. bandsaw
    4. jigsaw
    5. hot knife (soldering iron with an x-acto blade at the end)

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    actually i think it would be a good idea to clarify a few things when cutting abs plastic. if you use a dremel, use the carbon fiber cut off wheel that goes in it. for the rotozip, the cutting bit. using a jig saw isn't a very good idea on abs due to the blade heating up and melting the plastic slightly making it very difficult to cut. also a circular saw or table saw works pretty good for long cuts. if you're cutting round holes use a hole saw.

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    tsupra-that pic is pretty cool...nice use of space!

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    Dremal is the best tool ever.

    I cut out my ashtray so I could fit a old style AVC-R in with the ashtray there.. Looks VERY VERY good.. I'll post pics when I can......

    I cut just about everything with my dremal
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