What if you would 3D-print a plastic part, use that as a basis for making a mold, and then mold the real part? Or what about making molds with a CNC machine? Has anyone tried that? Is it possible to do any molding at home? Perhaps not injection molding, but I believe you can buy plastic granules and then heat them in a mold. On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 10:43:50AM +0100, email@example.com wrote: >Replicator2 looks good in the announcements but the biggest concern so >far is that it seems not to work with ABS. Only with PLA, which as >someone commented "makes the parts water soluble" ;-) This reminds me of someone who posted about his experiments on comp.sys.cbm some 15 years ago. He had buried some 5.25" floppy disks in the garden and was testing if they still work. I guess the disks were in plastic (PE-LD) bags, though. :-) PLA (polylactide acid) is biodegradable plastic, but it does not degrade too fast. In my insulated compost bin in the garden, the temperature can get up to 60°C in the summer. I sometimes have put PLA packaging there. The plastic would shrink and turn into white blobs. Eventually the white blobs would degrade too, I guess. AFAIU the municipal bio-waste treatment plants separate out the PLA because it degrades so much slower than other bio-waste. Marko Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2012-11-24 14:00:18
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