How to Use Polymorph Plastic

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Introduction: How to Use Polymorph Plastic

I love this stuff. I use it all the time for school projects, USB covers and custom enclosures for my projects. I use Jaycar Electronics as a source for this stuff and it is ~$8 for 500 grams. It can be drilled, painted and re-moulded time and time again. I will show you what i think is the easiest way to make stuff with polymorph. PS i am not assosiated with jaycar in any way.

Step 1: Start

This is the hardest part of all. You can use either a wall or a high-walled metal tray. Tray's work well because they keep the plastic warm while making.

Place ~ 5 pellets against the wall and set a hairdryer to it's lowest speed and highest heat. heat the plastic until it goes clear. I haven't used hot water because this works so well for me.

Step 2: More!!!

You should end up with something like the picture below. a clear glob.

Next, push more pellets into the mass like in the second picture.

Then, heat and repeat!

Step 3: Done!!!

Enjoy!

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    user

    It depends on the size of the screw. Thin strands of PCL are very flexible (with nice tensile strength, though), but thicker parts and lumps of PCL do not show any apparent flexing. (So for thicker screws or worn down screw heads you could probably make a working screw driver out of PCL).

    I wonder if Polymorph could be used to make molds of tamperproof screws (new iPhone 4 screws).

    i am going to buy some polymorph, quick question, would it be appropriate to use polymorph to build a rc 1/12 2kg tank from?, as well as sheet aluminium for the base and structure of the tank also , does it do gear safts well? when i say that im wondering if it grinds away as i need to use it as a gear box

    how do you keep the polymorph from sticking to everything?! I've made some molds for the polymorph to go into but I ALWAYS have a hard time getting it to release from the mold. Any pointers? Thanks, vkain

    user

    Polymorph bonds more when it is nearly molten (and hotter). I find that a few squirts from a garden variety hand-held mister full of water, such as this www.amazon.com/Delta-Industries-Sprayers-Assorted-Colors/dp/B000HMBJ74 (you can pick these up at just about any garden center) or even a rapid dip in some cold water is enough to cool the outside of a piece of polymorph (pre-molding) to stop it sticking, even to other pieces of polymorph.
    Drew

    I just recently found a site in the US that was selling "Honey Wax" which is a wax used for releasing molds and asl in casting fiber glass shells. If you search for it, you may find a supplier near to you.

    youve got to have a messy floor by now , let alone a messy wall , this stuff sticks to fabric when its hot , ie carpet

    Honey wax is also called Bee's wax..... for you canadians

    user

    this is stupid, I thave no idea waht is going on where does this have to do with bulding a laser projector?

    echo_anomie's reasoning for recommending it was quite clear - as a way to securely hold the lenses. Other methods are possible, as well.