Finding acrylic solvent has been a difficult thing for international OpenROV users. OpenROV doesn't have the means to be able to ship this stuff from HQ due to mild flammability and different country restrictions. I'm writing this post to give ROV'ers around the world a place for information they need to find acrylic cement in other countries. I'd like to invite any comments from folks who've been successful at this so that others may learn and succeed as well.
This discussion will be sent to the forums after a while, maybe.
We're going to look at three types of solvent cement that we've used successfully here at the lab. I will provide some links and pictures for each. This by no means is comprehensive nor have I been able to find retail outlets (both online or brick-and-mortar) for these. Hopefully by users posting their own finding as comments we can get a list going.
1) IPS Weld-on 3 / Weld-on 4
Link to international distribution: http://weldon.com/international
Weld-On 3 - Fastest Setting. Water-Thin. Fast evaporation. Will leave markoff (blush) if spilled. Glue for acrylic sheets. Acrylic to Acrylic. Polycarbonate to Polycarbonate. Not for beginners.
Weld-On 4 - Fast Setting. Water-Thin. Fast evaporation. Acrylic to Acrylic. Polycarbonate to Polycarbonate. Best for most applications of these materials.
2) SciGrip 3 / Sci Grip 4
Link to international distribution: http://www.scigrip.com/distributors.php
SciGrip 3 - Water thin, non-flammable, very fast-setting solvent cement for bonding acrylic. It will also bond with other thermoplastics such as polystyrene, CAB (cellulose acetate butyrate), PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol) and polycarbonate to themselves. It will not bond to cross linked acrylics.
SciGrip 4 - Water thin, somewhat flammable, moderately fast-setting, blush-resistant solvent cement for bonding acrylic. It will also bond with other thermoplastics such as polystyrene, CAB (cellulose acetate butyrate), and polycarbonate to themselves. It will not bond to cross-linked acrylic.
3) Evonik Acrifix 1S 0117 / Acrifix 1S 0107
Link to international distribution: http://www.acrifix.com/product/acrifix/en/where-to-buy/pages/default.aspx OR online at: http://www.plexiglas-shop.com/shopselect.htm
Acrifix 1S 0117 - Solvent acrylic cement that is free of dichloromethane (methylen chloride). This solvent cement was developed utilizing a patented formula to provide an alternative to cements containing dichloromethane. ACRIFIX® 1S 0117 does not cause crazing or blushing (whitening) when used as recommended under normal conditions. Also, the bonds produced from ACRIFIX® 1S 0117 solvent cement are strong and clear.
Acrifix 1S 0107 - Quick Set Solvent Cement is a thin-bodied, quick drying, colorless to slightly yellowish solvent adhesive (one-component) containing methylene chloride that will not blush.
Please comment your success / not-so-success stories in the post. Hopefully we can get the word out quickly.