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Author Topic: Storing PCB's in Plexi/Acrylic  (Read 211 times)

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opt2not

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Storing PCB's in Plexi/Acrylic
« on: September 28, 2017, 07:05:45 pm »
I'm planning on sandwiching my arcade PCB's between 2 pieces of plexi/acrylic using stand-off's, so that they're nicely displayed and easier to transport in and out of a cabinet.

What's the consensus about static?  Should I be worried about build-up?  I've read different opinions about this, some say I don't need to worry if I use stand-offs, some say all I need to do is make sure there is a ground connection to the plexi/acrylic to dissipate the charge. Others say that build-up is inevitable and I shouldn't be putting PCB's between plastic.

Anti-static plexi/acrylic seems to be incredibly expensive per sheet, so I'd rather not go that route.   Anyone wanna weigh-in on this?

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Re: Storing PCB's in Plexi/Acrylic
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2017, 09:58:07 am »
I would think it would be an issue especially if you are moving them around.

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Re: Storing PCB's in Plexi/Acrylic
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2017, 12:01:31 pm »
I'm planning on sandwiching my arcade PCB's between 2 pieces of plexi/acrylic using stand-off's, so that they're nicely displayed and easier to transport in and out of a cabinet.
Does the cover need to be clear?

If not, how about some hardboard like this or this?

It comes in various finishes including smooth white and won't generate much of a static charge.


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Re: Storing PCB's in Plexi/Acrylic
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2017, 04:47:59 pm »
Yeah, preferably clear.

I no longer have a cabinet with a vertical monitor, only a horizontal oriented one, so I play vertical games with a supergun set-up. When I have my PCB's out, they're just sitting on my desk all exposed.  My plan is to have them in a clear semi-enclosed case that protects them from dust as well as looks nice displayed on a shelf.


  
 

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