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Re: [TCML] Bending acrylic


A tunsten halogen lamp like the kind found in the fuser of a copy machine or 
laser printer has worked for me. Just hold the piece a couple of inches from 
the lamp and let it heat until it gets soft enough to bend. If you want a 
long radius, you will have to move the piece back and forth over the lamp so 
the area you want to bend heats evenly. If you are going to use a form (such 
as a tin can) it helps to have the form very warm as well.

On Tuesday 18 March 2008 12:16:24 pm Scott Bogard wrote:
> Hey guys,
>      Since we have had a few machining/finishing questions on here
> lately, I figured it would be ok to ask; is it possible to bend acrylic
> and get it to hold it's shape.  I want to make a curved piece of
> acrylic, and it seems fragile and wants to crack.  I'm assuming you need
> to heat it, but how hot, using what kind of heat source, etc.  Thanks in
> advance.
> Scott Bogard
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