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    Low Bitrate capcadetjc's Avatar
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    Custom Plastic Pieces

    I want to give it ago at molding plastic parts. I have serveral ideas that i need to make my own parts. This is the only place i know of that people fabricate parts them selves. Could anyone tell me where i can find a tutorial. Im a noob, but the way i thought it goes is, you carve a wax figure, make a mold with it, melt the wax out, then poor your plastic in. I just dont know where to get the tools and plastic to do it. Thanks for any help, and sorry for the noob post.

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    Sheepdog rdholtz's Avatar
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    Alumilite is once such casting system. I've worked with it, and it's incredible for picking up small details. It's a really neat product. It isn't cheap, but you can buy it online, and prices do vary. Hobby shops -- big ones -- carry it, but it can be really expensive there. There are tutorials on the Alumilite site.

    Other casting materials sources -- these are suppliers I haven't bought from -- are Freeman Supply, Farwest Materials and Smooth-On. There are videos and tutorials on their sites, as well.

    Another system for making parts is vacuum forming. Check Make Magazine and Instructables for information and leads on making your own low-cost system.
    If just enough is really good, then too much ought to be perfect.

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