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Post Fri May 16, 2003 11:40 pm

Acrylic heat bender wanted

Does anyone have a heat bender suitable for up to 5mm acrylic they want to sell, or know of any reasonably priced sites to get one!
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Post Mon May 19, 2003 6:00 pm

If the length you want to bend is not too long(less them 4ft) then i'd suggest making your own, all you need is some nichrome wire and a power supply, try searching the web for foam wing cutting, you will find plenty of designs to copy, model makers use them to make there wings.

Its really easy and you will save ££££££, if you need any tips then let me know.
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Post Mon May 19, 2003 11:09 pm

Thanks Fozzy but I have been down that route, can't find a supplier of Ni-chrome wire, I even went to a local manufacturer of these things when I was looking last year and met with a brick wall (unless I wanted to part with silly money. I am looking for a budget price job though, so any info greatly appreciated. It will only be used for the odd small job thats why I don't want to part with to much ££££££

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Post Tue May 20, 2003 6:24 pm

Another option to ni-chrome wire to to straighten out some wire from a bar heater, not an ideal solution but if your only looking for a short length in might just work.....or just use a bar heater and make a thin slot above it with a couple of peices of wood, crude but it worked when i was a school :)

here is a very crude pic of what i mean.

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Post Wed Sep 17, 2003 5:19 pm

Bender

Hi Mike
You still looking for an Acrylic Heat Bender?
Regards Dave Standen
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Post Thu Sep 18, 2003 9:38 am

if your urgent for this i cant help sorry. but they will be on sale online here in the uksb shop... not cheap, but far cheaper than any i have found or heard of.. :roll: they come upto 8 or 10 foot long i think. start at 2 foot wide.
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Post Thu Sep 18, 2003 3:22 pm

Heat Bender

Hi All
Sounds like the shops coming along!
Heat Bender I have is home made - with lots of wire to go with it
Proper power supply. about 30inches wide - Double Bend possible
FREE - Must be collected from Darwen Nr Bolton - Any Interest?
Regards Dave Standen
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Post Thu Sep 18, 2003 10:51 pm

Dave, thanks that would be great, but a bit far to travel from Swansea. If you had only posted this a few days ago I could have sent someone from Bolton to pick it up as I will be seeing him on the weekend. :cry:

Would it be to much trouble to pack it up and send it by snail mail, I would be more than happy to reimburse you for costs and hassle

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Post Mon Sep 22, 2003 3:07 pm

Acrylic Bender

Hi Mike
Sorry for the late post - you know the problem with postmen!
Machine - the power supply takes 2 men to lift it!
I can dismantle, put onto a pallet and put on carrier if you wish, but you would then have to assemble and make work yourself.
Do you wish? - I'll sort out the price of a pallet load delivery & advise if you want - come back & advise
Regards Dave Standen
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Post Fri Sep 26, 2003 10:22 pm

can i help ??

Seeing as i live in Bolton and in the next week or two im going down south wales i can always drop it off for you or meet up somewhere in the hills

Just let me know
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Post Sat Oct 18, 2003 9:48 pm

Dave, How big is this thing :o
Sorry also for the late reply don't get on here too often.
If you could dismantle, great! Now I don't know if Mr Davenport still has to travel down this way but if he is coming this way I would be quite happy to meet him up the valleys somewhere Eerm that is what you mean by HILLS aint it :wink:

Over to you guys again! :lol:

P.S. Note to myself ..........DONT FORGET TO CHECK THE POSTS!!! :roll:
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Post Fri Oct 24, 2003 5:42 pm

Bender

Hi Mike
Sorry for the late reply.
It'll go into the back of an Escort Van easily
I shall dismantle if you wish or you could collect and dismantle yourelf - then you know how to re-assemble.
I shall do mwhatever you wish
Regards Dave Standen
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Post Sat Oct 25, 2003 9:12 am

Hi

Yep i STILL need to go down to wales so the offer is still there, but will it go in my VW Bora ?????

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Post Sat Oct 25, 2003 6:55 pm

Dave I have PM'd you.
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Post Sun Nov 09, 2003 12:07 am

Paul, I have spoken to Dave and would be very gratefull if when you are ready to come down to our neck of the woods you could bring the bender down with you. I can then collect from you wherever it is you will be.

You can contact me on 01792 701779 (w)

Cheers guys

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Post Tue Dec 02, 2003 11:48 am

Heat Benders

There's a company in Leeds (or used to be) called "Bray", "Chromalox" who make sheathed heating elements, to any length and wattage. We used to use these guys a few years ago whilst in the plastics fabricating business, and used to buy 8ft heating elements from them for bending plasatic. You'll still need to make the bed (some kind of fire resistant material such as "Asbestolux" - the elements by the way are/were 240v, so you dont need a transformer.

Hope this helps

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Mark

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