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      I have a dremel but have only used a drill for my enclosures. A good new bit and well charged drill make quick work of any enclosure.

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      Quote Originally Posted by marcfrick2112 View Post
      I am a LITTLE dubious about buying an electric instrument designed to heat to around 400-800* F, made in China, and sold for a dollar...
      Ya I do not leave mine alone for a min. I use it and then unplug it, never leaving it till it is cold. If you are smarter then me you may want to look at getting a $10 one from any hardware store.


      I was using a good corded drill with new bits and I still had sharp plastic spur on the inside of my enclosure. I have also cracked a few containers using a drill. With the iron everything it smooth and safe with far less work. I have been able to get the bubble that Joe was talking about off with just my finger nail but that could just be the plastic I happen to be using.

      Keeping the holes the same size dose take a little practice and is risky and that risk increases for sling size holes. But so far I have not had a problem but it may be easier with my cheap iron that may not get as hot.

      I have not worked with acrylic yet so I cant really say much on it. But I would guess that with the much harder plastic a drill bit would be the better choice.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Witiko View Post
      If you are smarter then me you may want to look at getting a $10 one from any hardware store.
      I don't understand this, was it directed at me? I already have several irons here, my good one is the 15-30 watt variable iron, $25 at Radio Shack.

      One nice thing about Dremels' is that they feature much slower speeds than even most cordless drills, and is far easier to control the speed, IMHO. But , of course, to each his own..

      *can ya tell I am Dremel fan? ..I use mine about 5 times a week, lol.
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      NO no no!!!! it was directed at me for buying a cheap fire hazard at a dollar store. It really is a better idea to get one from hardware store or even wallmart.
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      Oh, Sorry Witiko.. kinda mis-read that post.. LOL... again, sorry...

      ANother great advantage of the 'semi-pro' irons is that they last a good long time. My preferred iron has provided 15 years of service.
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      It depends on the plastic or acrylic I'm putting holes in whether I use the drill or the soldering iron, as well as what I'm going to be housing in the enclosure. When using the drill, I've found that sharp bits are invaluable. And to avoid splitting I let the weight of the drill carry the bit through versus using any pressure.

      Heat + plastic or acrylic = fumes that should be avoided, whether one can smell them or not. I always use my soldering iron outside. I also wear a mask when drilling or dremeling to avoid adding to my sinus issues.

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      I personally like to drill holes. I don't like way the holes look when they are burnt into the plastic. I'm used to drilling steel, so plastic is pretty simple. TG's point is spot on, even known you're drilling plastic, drill bits can become dull pretty quickly, requiring you to use more force which can/will result in cracking when you finally break through.

      Just try a few things and find what works best for you.

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      i use a wood burning pen which costs around 20 bux.
      it comes with different sized tips so u can control the hole size


      tho i do prefer to drill it as i can be inside.
      i cant melt plastic inside as i got a parrot and they have a a different type of respiratory systen
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      i use a soldering iron but i ground the tip to a smaller point.

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      Just sayin' , Pan... Dang, I need to get finer tips for my soldering irons...

      can ya give me tips on.. umm, grinding tips?
      I had read that the tips are a special bi-metal... and would be ruined if ground? Would a ground tip still work for standard soldering?
      I am *trying* to learn to build electronic cicuits, and the tips on my irons are way too big...
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