I need help selecting a type of heat-forming plastic. Can any plastic experts offer advice? Answered
I'm nearing the end of the design phase of a project, and I need some help selecting the right material with which to make it. I'll essentially be building a solid, 3-dimensional form, and mass-producing plastic pieces by setting a plastic sheet over the form and hitting the plastic with heat (probably a heat gun), and then trimming. I would prefer a plastic that is food-safe.
Are there any plastics that would "droop" onto the form when heated, but stiffen up again properly when they re-cooled? A pliable, but still fairly rigid plastic that resembles the stuff those cheap black plastic oil receivers are made out of would be ideal.
If this type of plastic exists, where would I get it? I wouldn't mind buying it in reasonable bulk, because I may be selling the end product.
Thank you guys in advance.