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    Oct 31, 2005, 7:17 PM - vacuum forming #1

    what site is a good place to purchase styrene sheets?
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    Nov 1, 2005, 3:08 AM - Re: vacuum forming #2

    Quote Gandhi said:
    what site is a good place to purchase styrene sheets?
    Not sure what country you're in, but I get mine through a local signwriters. He gets in styrene or ABS and puts very little markup on - 'cause he's a sci-fi fan. Might be worth calling in and checking out your local sign place. Phil
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    Nov 1, 2005, 4:48 PM - Re: vacuum forming #3

    i live in the U.S. in PA
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    Nov 2, 2005, 5:09 PM - Re: vacuum forming #4

    http://www.totalplastics.com/location.htm

    They have 2 locations in PA. One might be near you. I use them in Baltimore and they were very helpful.
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    Nov 2, 2005, 5:15 PM - Re: vacuum forming #5

    thanks
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    Nov 2, 2005, 5:21 PM - Re: vacuum forming #6

    what would be a good substitute fo styrene?
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    Nov 3, 2005, 12:18 AM - Re: vacuum forming #7

    ABS is really your only other option for a good vacuum forming material
    I am also building A vacuum form maching and I have been looking this kind of stuff up so if you need any more help feel free to pm me with questions
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    Nov 3, 2005, 4:11 AM - Re: vacuum forming #8

    Quote Gandhi said:
    what would be a good substitute fo styrene?
    Styrene. Styrene. Styrene.

    Seriously, start with styrene, it's much more forgiving and gives sharper details with lower vacuums and has a larger tolerance of heat, whereas ABS needs a lot more vacuum and goes too close to overheating too easily. Move on to ABS once you've made some stuff with styrene.

    Anyone else agree with me on this?

    Phil
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    Nov 3, 2005, 10:10 AM - Re: vacuum forming #9

    Even if styrensheets used for vacum forming often are thinner than ABS you can always strenghten them up with some fibreglass i guess...
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    Nov 6, 2005, 5:18 PM - Re: vacuum forming #10

    i had thought of using fiberglass to stiffen my armor molds
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    Nov 6, 2005, 6:08 PM - Re: vacuum forming #11

    PETG...it sometimes will mark lower then styrene, depending on the economy, but its clear, looks like acrylic but forms like styrene...might look into it
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    Nov 8, 2005, 12:45 PM - Re: vacuum forming #12

    Visit http://www.tk560.com/vactable4.html for some more info.

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