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Posted 07 August 2011 - 08:06 PM

I was wondering what paintball lenses are made, so i can maybe make a camera case out of the same material.
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Posted 07 August 2011 - 08:25 PM

Some sort of polycarbonate plastic is what you would be looking for. High visibility and shatter-resistance are favorable traits.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 11:38 AM

Yep that's what they are made of but a warning to you poly carb is a pain to work with if you aren't careful drilling it will crack and ruin the piece

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 09:14 PM

Polycarbonate is pain to drill but you can cut it without all that much trouble, and yes this is what many lenses are made of.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 01:42 AM

Polycarbonate is what lenses are made of be carefull when drilling holes as it can crack it is easy to cut thought
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Posted 09 August 2011 - 01:53 AM

They are made of polycarbonate, but everyone here is thinking of plexi-glass. It can crack very easily when being drilled, or when it has stress on it. What you want to build the case out of is lexan. It is much harder to crack and has never given me trouble when drilling. I used to make grips out of it, so I'm sure a piece with around 1/8" thickness can stand up to a paintball shot.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 12:18 PM

There are different grades of PC, Lexan just happens to be one of them. Depending on the grade it can be easier or harder to drill or saw. Industrial grades can be extremely tough (think bullet proof glass because that's PC also). Plexiglass should not be used for any application in paintball. It can break from a hit relatively easily. Some people used it for tank windows and found out the hard way.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 05:37 PM

Also go for an abrasion resistant lexan, and pay attention when cleaning it off, so you get decent pictures out of it.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 06:14 PM

If you can, I would try to make an acrylic case.
Though I'm sure that would be a quite expensive...

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 02:33 PM

Some sort of polycarbonate plastic is what you would be looking for. High visibility and shatter-resistance are favorable traits.


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Posted 10 August 2011 - 04:21 PM

Polycarbonate. fun to work with! not..
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 01:49 AM

If your planing to do any photography from a camera worth protecting than your shut out of luck. The pictures will not turn out behind lexan, your better off just being carefull

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 05:09 PM

necro.... but what is a good thickness?

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 06:06 PM

A centimeter or two should be fine.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 07:26 PM

I have no experience with PC but i think 1cm would be a little thick and would distort pics more. Most manufactured cases are 1/16" - 1/8".

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:02 PM

A centimeter or two should be fine.


Two centimeters is over 3/4". My profiler lens (if I had to guess since I don't have a micrometer) is around 3/16". Too thick and you'll have serious distortion issues.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:11 PM


A centimeter or two should be fine.


Two centimeters is over 3/4". My profiler lens (if I had to guess since I don't have a micrometer) is around 3/16". Too thick and you'll have serious distortion issues.

so 1/8" polycarbonate?

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:36 AM

When I take pics playing paintball I use the "oh shit" meathod of protection. Say im filming a guy in snake and someone D-Side starts shooting him. I say oh shot enough pics for you buddy and move on to someone else or find a different angle.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:40 AM

You'll maybe be able to get away with 3/32 or 1/8 if its for a camera. Remember gopros and contours can also take hits by themselves but I imagine this is for a standard filming camera. Also, as a side note, plolycarbonate will yellow in direct sunlight. Some industrial grades and those used in cars are treated. Might get lucky grabbing some from a local manufacturing plant if there's one around you. I'm lucky enough to get industrial Lexan for cheap where I'm from.




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