vacuum forming

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    vacuum forming

    what site is a good place to purchase styrene sheets?

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    Re: vacuum forming

    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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    i live in the U.S. in PA

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    Re: vacuum forming

    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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    thanks

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    what would be a good substitute fo styrene?

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    Re: vacuum forming

    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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    Re: vacuum forming

    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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    Re: vacuum forming

    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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    i had thought of using fiberglass to stiffen my armor molds

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

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