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killerferret666

posted on 10/11/17 at 03:49 PM Reply With Quote
what material could I use for this template

I want to make a new diffuser template and it has a bend to it, not stupidly sharp but tight enough.

Hardboard is just a bit too tough and corregated cardboard doesnt bend smoothly. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Obviously the cheaper the better...as it will be thrown away eventually.





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Sam_68

posted on 10/11/17 at 05:44 PM Reply With Quote
How big does it need to be?

Would mountboard (stiff card for mounting pictures) do the job... readily available up to 60" x 40" size?

Is thin (2.5mm) MDF still too stiff?

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steve m

posted on 10/11/17 at 06:24 PM Reply With Quote
corex, the stuff for sale signs are made out of ?





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bi22le

posted on 10/11/17 at 08:28 PM Reply With Quote
Project Binky would use CAD, even for bends.

CAD = Cardboard Aided Design.





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myke pocock

posted on 10/11/17 at 10:29 PM Reply With Quote
Cornflake packet, other similar products are acceptable!!!
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killerferret666

posted on 11/11/17 at 09:15 AM Reply With Quote
The size is up about 2metres wide by 60cm high so quite big!





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trextr7monkey

posted on 11/11/17 at 05:39 PM Reply With Quote
Check out flexi ply comes in various thicknesses and used to laminate nice flowing shapes I think Wickes sell it in some stores but it isn’t a cheap product
Maybe if you bought a full sheet of thin flexi ply you could easily laminate your desired shape. You could sell the leftover bit to some one on here
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jossey

posted on 11/11/17 at 05:42 PM Reply With Quote
Cardboard from. An art shop like 800gram





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r1_pete

posted on 11/11/17 at 07:09 PM Reply With Quote
Cerial box, if its not stiff enough when formed, paint it in polyurethane varnish..
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907

posted on 11/11/17 at 09:33 PM Reply With Quote
I would use metal.

A sheet of thin bright mild steel could be a fraction of the price of the final more exotic material.


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Angel Acevedo

posted on 13/11/17 at 01:22 AM Reply With Quote
Here in Carmen I use Sam´s Club,
A lot of products come with cardboard separators that are thicker than Cereal box cardboard.
you should have something like that.
It´s free, and I can take as many as I want.
They are about standard Pallet dimensions, but you can tape two sheets (or more) together
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gremlin1234

posted on 13/11/17 at 05:05 PM Reply With Quote
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Hardboard is just a bit too tough and corregated cardboard doesnt bend smoothly. Does anyone have any suggestions?

apparently there is a board called Essex Board often used for curtain pelmet boxes.

a quick search found this supplier and info, and apparently any proper wood-yard should be able to supply it
http://www.ukcurtainpoles.co.uk/acatalog/Essex-Board-609mm-x-2185mm-Pack-of-5-4703R.html

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miskit

posted on 13/11/17 at 05:10 PM Reply With Quote
I have some great stuff that they use for printing hoarding signs on - mine came from Waitrose signage round building works. Its a white painted aluminium sandwich with a plastic in the middle, about 3mm thick in total. Comes in sheets 10ft x 4ft I think.
I bought loads and used a lot of it as clean walls in my food business. It is also fantastic for templates as it is rigid, easily drilled and you can cut it with a blade. Cut just one alu side and it folds to any angle and holds it. Search for Dibond but I am sure there are others.

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killerferret666

posted on 13/11/17 at 05:32 PM Reply With Quote
Thanks all, ill work my way through these ideas





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