get bent! bending plastic with a heat strip bender! - protective plastic film
Bending plastic is fun and exciting. . .
Well, the degree to which everyone enjoys may vary. . .
But you see.
All you need is a plastic and hot bender machine.
Luckily, I can see a hot bender at TechShop in San Jose, California.
It is worth noting that you should do a test often to make sure that your plastic can be heated and formed.
Some plastics, such as polycarbonated roots, are shown in black specifications when heated and will not disappear.
Also, I do not recommend hot bending materials over 1/3/8 thick.
You have to bend the plastic anyway and you want to make it right so this is where you are!
Now, go ahead, to the instructions!
When dealing with flaky plastic, it is best to keep the protective film as long as possible to avoid scratches.
Because we are going to apply thermal energy to the plastic, you have to remove the film.
If you don't remove the film, the film will melt onto your plastic, which is almost impossible to remove.
Remove the film only along the heated curved area so that the rest of the plastic remains in good condition (unscratched)shape.
The easiest way to mark the plastic is to use a sharp knife.
Carefully mark the area you want to bend with a slight scratch.
This scratch can be polished, or it usually melts back into the plastic during the hot bending process.
Put your plastic on the hot bender.
You will be able to see the plastic twist from the heat build up.
It can take 10 minutes when your machine is heated to 30 seconds for the first time and when your machine is good and hot.
You should stay in the room all the time and look at your plastic.
If you don't do this, you can burn it off, which will cause it to bubble black and your plastic will be as good as scrap at this time.
You can test your plastic to see if it has plasticity.
Once it's easy to bend, you find the right place.
Remove it from the bending device, place it in an adjustable angle setter or pre-made mold, and cut the appropriate angle in it.
For the best results, push your work into the setter and clamp it.
You just have to wait a few minutes until your work is cool enough to handle!
As a final note, you may have noticed that the outside edge is bent a bit.
Feel free to sand them down and they basically jump off the crushed material.