View Full Version : Body: Plastimake - An Easy To Use Plastic Material

02-27-2015, 09:18 PM
First time I saw this, I wondered of tail light lenses could be made out of it..
Interesting stuff...


02-27-2015, 09:40 PM
Interesting, but leaves one wanting more information. If it becomes so pliable in hot water, how stable is it, say...used as tail light lens, after a brief rain shower, in ninety degree summer sun, on a black asphalt parking lot, with a 55 watt bulb heating it up from the inside? Wonder how it would work if fed into a 3D printer? How does it "plasticize" (degrade) overtime exposed to the elements?

Thanks for posting this, Jeff. Who knows what can happen when need, imagination, and a little desperation, come together to solve a problem utilizing exposure to a product like this. Just a little piece of information to store away in my cluttered memory bank for future use.:!:

02-28-2015, 12:23 AM
I don't think it would work for tail light lenses. Hot Summer sun would be enough to soften it. If you can work it bare-handed when soft, it can't be that hot. Maybe 120-140 degrees? Red plastic tail light lenses could easily reach that temperature on +100 degree day anywhere in the South. But as modeling material, or for prototyping, it may have potential.

02-28-2015, 12:27 AM
Want to know how to make taillight lenses? Check these out:

Making a tail light lens mold with equipment (http://www.alumilite.com/PDFs/Printables/How%20to%20make%20molds/Tail-Light-Molding-with-Equipment.pdf).

Tail light casting with equipment (http://www.alumilite.com/PDFs/Printables/How%20to%20cast%20resins/Tail-Light-Casting-with-Equiment.pdf)

Making a tail light lens mold without special equipment (http://www.alumilite.com/PDFs/Printables/How%20to%20make%20molds/Tail-Light-Molding-with-out-Equipment.pdf).

Tail light casting without equipment (http://www.alumilite.com/PDFs/Printables/How%20to%20cast%20resins/TailLight-Casting-without-Equipment.pdf).

Making a two-color lens mold (http://www.alumilite.com/PDFs/Printables/How%20to%20make%20molds/Two-Color-Lens-Pt.1-Making-the-Mold.pdf)

Casting a two-color tail light lens (http://alumilite.americommerce.com/PDFs/Printables/How%20to%20cast%20resins/Two-Color-Lens-Pt.-2-Casting-the-Lens.pdf)

02-28-2015, 05:52 AM
Oh, I don't know 'what' it would, or wouldn't work with...
Just thought about that when first saw the video...
Maybe you could use it to make a mold, or a prototype that you could then make a mold.
Lot's of possibilities.

Michael J Hawk
02-28-2015, 08:29 AM
I don't know anything about them, but it sounds like you can make anything with a 3-d printer. Might be a sweet sideline for someone.

02-28-2015, 10:39 AM
It would be nice to have a material to make molds and patterns out of, but the Plastimake is expensive, and not very durable. I'm looking at making a form for my padded dash out of expanding urethane foam, and using body filler to finish off the contours.

03-01-2015, 10:27 AM
How about repairing steering wheel cracks?

03-01-2015, 10:53 AM
How about repairing steering wheel cracks?

There is an article about how to cast steering wheels at the main link of the products I linked above. That steering wheel has an all-plastic core; but I suppose one could make a mold using the damaged wheel and then grind away all of the old material and re-cast the wheel around the steel skeleton.

03-02-2015, 12:01 PM
Plaster is cheap and used in lots of toolmaking. Can be used as a tool if the part run is minimal. Sometimes used to make an initial shape then shape is transferred to tooling grade fiberglas for real tool. That Plastimake looks way too opaque for taillight lenses. Taillight lens needs to be made of a translucent plastic, usually acrylic.

03-02-2015, 12:49 PM
Almost three years ago I posted a note about Sugru...


... and no one seemed interested! I've used it to make a bunch of stuff. It's not cheap unless you consider there was no other way to make or fix what you needed. You aren't going to use it to make a molded dash, but it is pretty handy and durable.