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Turn your worthless PLA scrap into unique works of art :)
You will need -
Scrap bits of PLA and any failed prints
Beer - (to help with artistic inspiration)
Lay the Aluminium foil on the tray and place your largest scrap parts onto it, don't space them too much apart as they will produce a smaller pool of plastic than you would think.
Optionally use some filament to make a round or shaped outer ring to keep all the plastic in if you want a nice shape. (PLA Pizza Anyone?)
Pop it in the oven, heat up to 210 Degrees C for about 15 mins
Then scatter on the smaller parts and heat at whatever temperature you like - 160 Degrees will make things go soft and still keep some shape of what they once were.
It's also quite interesting to throw in some ABS parts as that shrink, distort and go soft creating a more 3D sculpture.
Keep an eye on the cooking, and remove when you have the desired effect, leave to cool for a few mins and then you can trim the foil and PLA to size (wear oven gloves, if you handle it HOT!) you can form it around shapes, bottles, plates etc. or cut out butterfly shapes if you like. You should have about 5 mins cutting time, or pop it back in the oven to make it soft again.
I hope some of you try it, it's good fun and you may just make a masterpiece.
I'm calling my two first attempts - Raspberry Pizza Pi (As a tribute to the Great RPi case by HansH) - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:16104 ) and 'April-12' as this was all my failed plastic in April of this year.
Melted PLA Scrap-ART by RichRap is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.
So what's this mean?
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