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post #1 of 11
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I would like to make a PSU cover and HDD cover... I don't own a heat gun, and would rather not spend money buying one when I would probably only use it this one time.

Any way to bend some thing acrylic without a heat gun or a strip heater?
post #2 of 11
You can pick up heat guns pretty cheap, start from $23 here:
http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Power-Tools-Heat-Guns/h_d1/N-bauoZ5yc1v/h_d2/Navigation?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&searchNav=true

I'm not sure if a hair blow dryer would get hot enough, might be worth a try on a piece of scrap. Only other way I have read about is in oven, but almost everyone says its dangerous because of the fumes (toxic)

Personally I'd try and borrow a heat gun, or maybe you can hire them for the day (just checked, I can hire here in Australia)

Good luck with the mod
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You can pick up heat guns pretty cheap, start from $23 here:
http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Power-Tools-Heat-Guns/h_d1/N-bauoZ5yc1v/h_d2/Navigation?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&searchNav=true
I'm not sure if a hair blow dryer would get hot enough, might be worth a try on a piece of scrap. Only other way I have read about is in oven, but almost everyone says its dangerous because of the fumes (toxic)
Personally I'd try and borrow a heat gun, or maybe you can hire them for the day (just checked, I can hire here in Australia)
Good luck with the mod

Thanks for the reply.

The oven method is more for molding. I just need a straight bend.

I've read that two hair dryers can produce enough heat, but I only have one, and it's a POS. lol

Even being cheap ($20 or so) I can't justify spending the cash on it to only use it once. There's a tool rental place here, I'll check them out, but I'm looking for more of a "work with what you have" method.
post #4 of 11
Strip of alcohol and a match?
Lighter torch?
Clothing iron?
Edited by qwertymac93 - 4/24/12 at 12:53am
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post #5 of 11
might try a clothing iron with a rag on the acrylic so the heat isn't directly on it
post #6 of 11
Build a jig of the bend and lay the acrilic over if and heat up the oven till it bends to the bend, as it were
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post #7 of 11
You can rent a heat gun super cheap from Home Depot...the entire interior of my case is covered in bent acrylic. I did all of mine in just a couple of hours. In my experience, I think a heatgun gives you the most control. Too much heat=warped acrylic...
Edit: pics of mine for reference.
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Sent from my coffee pot.
Edited by PB4UGO - 4/25/12 at 10:42pm
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^Wow, that just looks super clean! thumb.gif
 
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post #9 of 11
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Little too much white for me, but it looks nice.thumb.gif I'm going to start trial and error soon, got some decent ideas here and elsewhere to try.
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Little too much white for me, but it looks nice.thumb.gif I'm going to start trial and error soon, got some decent ideas here and elsewhere to try.

Yeah, I know it's not going to appeal to everyone. I was just illustrating the excessive amount of acrylic I used haha. Actually, an 18x24 sheet is all I used, and I think all I ended up with was a 1"x2" piece of scrap. So about $8 is all it cost me.

Good luck, and post pics!

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