Hello /diy/, I have an idea for a sliding polycarbonate window I want to make. Its a 4'x2' window that needs to slide along a track which makes about a 90 degree bend. The bend is along the 4' wide part of the window. How thin does the polycarbonate have to be to be flexible enough for this, how tight can the radius be, and will it even work?
If someone could point me to the appropriate spec sheet for polycarbonate that would be helpful, but I haven't been able to find anything relevant to what I need to know
anything thin enough to bend even at a large radius wouldn't make much of a window.
does it need to act like a window on the bend?
what about a round track and sectional window?
like a sectional garage door turned on its side?
I'd rather not have sections of it. The application is a rear window on a soft top jeep wrangler, to replace the vinyl + zipper design with something more rigid that will slide up underneath the roof. It doesn't have to be thick, but it cant be just a film of plastic either.
yeah, and it's not just >>927351, it also needs to bend back straight. if you don't want sections, the only thing I can suggest is make it ridgid, so either have it slide UP instead of along the track, Or have a hinged swing out.
Or I guess have some space in the back, so you have a constant curve to the window and it slides into the back area? Like curved shower doors do? yeah, terrible idea, nvm.
basically, anything firm enough to not basically be this, >>927379 wouldn't do >>927299.