Watch the heat!

by Hans

A wire heater may not be what you're looking for. There's a fine line between bending styrene and melting it, so you want to make sure you have accurate temp control.

I know there are tools made for bending acrylic, which may be a better starting point than a typical 'hot wire', which is more often used for cutting than bending.

Or, if you really want to get fancy, why not consider doing some vacuforming. Form up a wooden plug mold, and you can use that to make compound curves and all sorts of tricky shapes that you'd be hard pressed to form plastics into normally.


Posted on Jan 23, 2012, 7:10 PM

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  1. Its mainly simple curves.... FireFrenzy, Jan 24, 2012
    1. I'd love to see it..... Hans, Jan 24, 2012
      1. I'll think about it. FireFrenzy, Jan 24, 2012


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