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I haven't had time for any deep thought on this new material, but I am sure it's going to be useful to modellers and slottists

Polymorph

• The revolutionary plastic that melts in hot water
• Heat up and mould by hand
• Hardens as it cools - strong as nylon
• 101 uses for DIY and model making

Polymorph is one of a new generation of commercial polymers set to have a major impact on model making & prototyping. This polymer has all the characteristics of a tough 'engineering' material yet it fuses and becomes easily mouldable at just 62°C. It can be heated with hot water or a hairdryer and moulded by hand to create prototypes and solve manufacturing problems currently outside the capacity of other materials.

Uses for Polymorph include:

Prototype mechanical parts
Armatures/frames for models
Specialised components - e.g. motor mountings
Moulding for complete products - e.g. torches
Joining components together
Mouldings for handles & orthopaedic aids
Vacuum forming moulds

More Info and price etc at
Maplin LInk
 

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Graham Windle
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I saw this stuff last year it looks usfull but Im not sure for what yet or if it will soften if left in sun light(not that we get that much)
 

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Brian Ferguson
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Could be a great way to create certain shapes for subsequent mould making, but isn't 62C just a bit warm for "Heat up and mould by hand"? 143.6F! Water at that temp causes serious burns... Ouch!
Interesting product, nonetheless though!
 

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Gary Skipp
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I've got some!

In theory its brilliant, but very difficult to work with. Heating it is a nightmare, cos sometimes you dont want it wet. If you heat it dry, then it either burns you, or sticks to whatever your protecting your hands with.

Even then, its hard to get it to do what you want.

Strong as heck once set, but thin areas can be streched and distorted.

My experiences with it have not been good. I think I have some left, if anyone wants some to try and work with I'll send it out.

P.S. that stuff on Maplin's is very expensive. I ordered mine from some university, it was about £7 for 400g.
 

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I used to use this- or a very similar sounding stuff sold as Dental Moulding compound- in my professional occupation, and I still have boxes of it. But I havn't touched it for years, for the reasons LMPO4 cites. Very awkward to use, brittle and yet stretchy when dry. It's much easier to model and cast in Fimo, Sculpey- all those sort of things, or quick drying resins etc- there's so much about these days!
Goodbye burnt fingers!
 

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Rob
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QUOTE Polymorph = classic Red Dwarf episode

with you on that one Rob!

was there an episode that wasn't classic? Maybe we could have some Kryton smilies - square ones?!!

Rob
 
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