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Anybody know the temperature you have to have in order to bend sheet styrene without cracking it. More on the point, what temperature do you need to bend styrene tubes at without them snapping or breaking?
I know it can be done in hot or boiling water but I'm more interested in using an oven. Not that there's anything wrong with boiling, i just like to have options. I do understand that heating time will depend on thickness.
Last edited by BadKarma; September 11th, 2007 at 00:34.
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I have seen the blow dryer method in action, it seems to work very well. I would give this a try. Sorry I can't help you with the exact temperature, but I hope the method is helpful to you.
Your best bet would be a heat gun. You can find them at hobby stores. They look like hair-dryers with a special nozzle on the front. Pretty much a hair-dryer on crack.
Personally, I would go about it by putting a little bit of pressure on it in the way you want to bend it, and then start heating it. Once it gets to the proper temperature, it will begin to bend, and you'll know you're at the right heat.
With tubes, bending them will collapse the hole a bit. You may want to put something in the hole if you want to keep it as close to the actual shape as possible. Possibly a wire of the same diameter of the hole, or a string/rope if it's larger (so long as it's not nylon, as that might bond to the tube).