solentlife
The Lancaster build got me thinking about clear plastic items. 3D print basically does not allow clear items ... even the plain 'clear' filament ends up non-clear.

The idea hit me ... would PLA printed items survive clear plastic being formed over it using hot air gun ? ... the Pop Bottle technique ?

I realise that as soon as the temp hits over about 150 C ... the PLA is going to start softening ... but I wonder if careful use of the heat gun it could survive ?

I did consider printing the items ... then going my plaster cast route ... but wondered if I could miss out the plaster cast bit ?

Thoughts anyone ?
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jimbosflyin
solentlife wrote:
The Lancaster build got me thinking about clear plastic items. 3D print basically does not allow clear items ... even the plain 'clear' filament ends up non-clear.

The idea hit me ... would PLA printed items survive clear plastic being formed over it using hot air gun ? ... the Pop Bottle technique ?

I realise that as soon as the temp hits over about 150 C ... the PLA is going to start softening ... but I wonder if careful use of the heat gun it could survive ?

I did consider printing the items ... then going my plaster cast route ... but wondered if I could miss out the plaster cast bit ?

Thoughts anyone ?
My hair dryer softens the pla but isn't hot enough to form the soda bottle to that form  of a canopy.
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solentlife
mmm I was looking at using the Hot Air Gun ... such as used for Solarfilm ... which is quite a lot hotter than a Hair Dryer. If a HD softens PLA - then I think its not an option. 
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quorneng
PLA 'softens' significantly at 100 C. It can after all be printed (as a liquid!) at 170 C. You can put boiling water in a pop bottle no problem. I suspect you will have to go the 3D - plaster - heat gun route.
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