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  • Finding a supply of 1/4" Acrylic, Plexi, or polycarbonate?


    All my materials suppliers are out. Anyone out there have a good source for this stuff that's not 4 to 6 to 23 weeks out on getting a load?
    Wes
    Elite CNC Routing & Woodworks on Facebook
    Steel 5X10 Panther
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    "Johnson plastics plus". Located in MN.
    "U S plastics". Located in Ohio.
    I have dealt with both. Good customer service. Just not sure about lead times now.
    Eddie Kitson
    Cobra 5x8 ATC
    5hp spindle
    20hp regen vac
    laser pointer
    V carve 9.5

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    • #3

      have in a supply near me, 1/4 plexi-what?, (not sure didn't ask) $223 sheet just called this morning.
      Panther PT-404 (aluminum)
      6 position ATC w/5hpHSD, Aspire 11/WinCNC, Recoil, Laser, Hurricane
      near bottom of the learning curve!!

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      • #4

        Covid19 -

        Those clear "spittal shields" at all the "essential" businesses out there almost completely wiped out the current supply - It's a 24 week wait at Farco Plastics in Pompano beach.
        Terry Williams
        Cobra 510 with Recoil

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        • #5

          I actually ordered some 1/4" acrylic friday from one of my suppliers as they had just got a truck in but all of it was gone that afternoon when I called. I missed out on a good 100 shield order 2 weeks ago because of no supply.
          Wes
          Elite CNC Routing & Woodworks on Facebook
          Steel 5X10 Panther
          5Hp ATC spindle with 8 tool carousel
          WinCNC
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          15Hp FPZ vacuum, phenolic plenum

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          • #6

            Fwiw

            Harbor sales in Washington D.C. shows 187 sheets of below.

            https://www.harborsales.net/Home/Pro...rylic+.25+inch
            Keith Hyde, Winchester, VA
            2016 Stinger 1, 1.7KW HF Spindle HSD
            Performance Package Pro, Vac, lathe, Aspire 10
            Former Marine and retired Seabee Master Chief.
            Furniture is my hobby not my vocation.
            hyde.consulting@comcast.net

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            • #7

              estreet looks stocked, at least doesn't say anything about delays on the website aside from a 3 week delay

              https://www.estreetplastics.com/Clea...Thick-s/28.htm
              Doug

              Stinger 1

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              • #8

                Same here on supply being more or less exhausted. I work mainly with 3/8" polycarbonate....but once 1/8", 1/4", and 3/8" acrylic were all gone the polycarbonate started going to. I barely got in an order for 15 sheets of 3/8" 3 weeks ago and even had to pull that from out of state. Then bought 20 sheets of 1/2" material just to acquire supply. My products will have to be adjusted for the thicker material...along with a price bump to cover added cost. We go through about 5 sheets of material a week.

                This is the nature of the biz right now for this type of material unfortunately. I've worked with reps from my suppliers for 8 years now. Both of them have been in the plastic distro biz for 25 and 30 years and NEVER seen material go like this. They both have stories about people walking in flashing AMEX Gold cards and shouting "money is no object" wanting to spend $100k+ for acrylic/poly to use in the COVID protection measures. Between Piedmont and Polymershapes neither one are expecting my material back in stock before September....and both want fully paid PO's if you don't want to risk their truck load being sold out before arrival.

                Fortunately, most of what we make is 'modular' so we are able to nest on sheet stock. That has allowed me to also source "scrap" and "offcuts" from my suppliers to tide us over until supplies come back up. If you make products out of smaller/smallish parts then its another thing to look at as an option...

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                • #9

                  How much are you looking for, and where are you located? I buy 20 or so sheets at a time, and clear seems to be the only one that's been a bit tricky to get. I had to make a drive to an undisclosed location more towards the middle of the country, where the outbreak was not severe, and hit a distributor who was not being wiped out like all of the east and west coast suppliers. Not optimal, but I had orders to fill.
                  Brandy New Panther PT-408 8" Gantry
                  Phenolic Top, Servos, Counter Balance, 4 H.P. Spindle, Laser, Hurricane Vacuum, And FTC.
                  Win CNC 3.0, & Aspire 9.X
                  And A Nice Clear Lexan Magnetic Dust Boot To Finish It Off.

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                  • #10

                    Thanks for the offer Steve, but orders have dried up around here for the germshields. It was good while it lasted. I have a couple sheets in stock just in case I get a small order for them. Glad to hear you found some material and had a few orders.
                    Wes
                    Elite CNC Routing & Woodworks on Facebook
                    Steel 5X10 Panther
                    5Hp ATC spindle with 8 tool carousel
                    WinCNC
                    VcarvePro 9.5
                    15Hp FPZ vacuum, phenolic plenum

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