<html><head><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html charset=iso-8859-1"></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; ">I'm wondering if the 1000 deg. spec target should really be deg. F and not deg. C.<div><br><div>"Use a heater that develops an element surface temperature<div>of approximately 800F (not glowing red), and a sheet support</div><div>surface temperature of less than 225F (water cooled if necessary)"</div><div>(see page 8 of ref: <a href="http://www.plexiglas.com/literature/pdf/135.pdf">http://www.plexiglas.com/literature/pdf/135.pdf</a> )</div><div><br></div><div>Nichrome wire has a melting point of 1400 deg. C</div><div>1000 deg. F is 540 deg. C</div><div><br></div><div><br><div><div>On 2013-07-08, at 11:10 AM, Richard Sloan <<a href="mailto:rsloan@themindfactory.com">rsloan@themindfactory.com</a>> wrote:</div><br class="Apple-interchange-newline"><blockquote type="cite"><div dir="ltr"><div>Just need a high power dimmer as the cheap dimmers are 300-500W<br><br></div>Richard.<br><br></div><div class="gmail_extra"><br><br><div class="gmail_quote">On Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 3:33 PM, Roman Gargulak <span dir="ltr"><<a href="mailto:roman@cncwings.com" target="_blank">roman@cncwings.com</a>></span> wrote:<br>

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    Henri,<br>
    <br>
    The dimmer switch is a crude idea for this kind of regulation, but
    it may work, you will need to try it. It worked for me when I needed
    to cut 6ft long wing halves on my cutter.<br>
    I would strongly advise against using dimmer switch directly,
    without isolation transformer as you will be dealing with mains
    voltage and can electrocute yourself.<br>
    Your 5V transformer will not work unfortunately with 8ft of wire, it
    will not provide not enough voltage to push required current
    through.<br>
    <br>
    1000C sounds rather high, I think nichrome wire should not be used
    above 800C-900C. If it is that hot (1000C) it may break easily.<br>
    You will need close to 50V (that's dangerous level already), I have
    a 1:2 step down transformer with a dimmer switch that you can borrow
    if you want.<br>
    Also, I have plenty of 0.009" stainless steel wire, but I am not
    sure if it can sustain that high temperature without breaking, on
    top of it, it's resistance is higher than nichrome (about 10ohms/ft)
    so you will need really high voltage to heat up 8 feet of it.<br>
    <br>
    In my opinion, your best bet is a guitar string (G), maybe run two
    in parallel to reduce resistance.<span class="HOEnZb"><font color="#888888"><br>
    <br>
    Roman</font></span><div><div class="h5"><br>
    <br>
    <br>
    <div>On 7/7/2013 12:52 PM, Henri Kuschkowitz
      wrote:<br>
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      Hey guys,
      <div><br>
      </div>
      <div>It might be good to clarify what I want/need. After some more
        research I think I also have a better understanding in general
        of my requirements. I (will) have various cuts of acrylic, max
        7' long, 1/8" thick that I need to bend at a straight angle. As
        such I require evenly distributed temperature. I similar idea to
        Roman's foam cutter is probably to closest example. Just to be
        sure, I am trying to have a setup with a max 1000deg C heat
        wire. The video I posted earlier seems to do the trick easily if
        i use 22 gauge Nichrome wire across 8ft and just a dimmer switch
        for 110V and 15Amps (12Amps). I do have access to a 5V 60Amp
        transformer,  but with my limited skill set I am worried about
        breaking it. Could someone give me some pointers how I would
        calculate if I can reach the temperature I am looking for?</div>
      <div><br>
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      <div>I have used the formula on <a href="http://www.heatersplus.com/nichrome.html" target="_blank">this</a> page
        to get some details about what I would need for my setup and am
        currently looking through some more. I am trying to see if I can
        use the "G" string idea Roman pointed out since Nichrome wire is
        nowhere to be found in the area and shipping will take a bit too
        long for my taste.</div>
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      <div>Cheers all,</div>
      <div>Henri</div>
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        <div>
          <div>On 2013-07-04, at 10:36 PM, Roman Gargulak <<a href="mailto:roman@cncwings.com" target="_blank">roman@cncwings.com</a>>
            wrote:</div>
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            <div text="#000000" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"> I do not think that
              particular PID controller will work with this application
              as it is not meant for fast switching, it is meant for
              relatively slow processes.<br>
              The wire itself has very little mass so slow switching
              will not work as wire will cool off quickly.<br>
              You really do not need closed loop with feedback for this,
              the variac is good solution but maybe a bit overkill, if
              your heated wire is only 3-4 feet long.<br>
              <br>
              On my CNC foam cutter I use 0.009" wire which has quite
              high resistance and I need only about 18-20V to heat it
              up.<br>
              With 20AWG wire (which has over 0.030" diameter) you will
              need lower voltage and higher amperage, which variac will
              provide, just be cautious and treat it as mains as someone
              wisely pointed out already.<br>
              <br>
              If you can not find wire, you can always use steel guitar
              strings, "e" string is 0.009", "G" string is 0.016"
              (talking about guitar G string here, just to be clear ;-)
              )<br>
              If you can not find variac, you can always try to use
              regular step down transformer and dimmer switch on the
              primary side.<br>
              Or since you will need low voltage, you can try just
              regular bench top power supply.<br>
              <br>
              Roman<br>
              <br>
              <br>
              <br>
              <br>
              <div>On 7/4/2013 4:25 PM, Michael
                Grant wrote:<br>
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              <blockquote type="cite">That power supply is also known as an
                autotransformer.<br>
                <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autotransformer" target="_blank">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autotransformer</a><br>
                <br>
                Care should be taken with an autotransformer, while the
                voltage can be set low, there is no, none, zero galvanic
                isolation.<br>
                Meaning the full current of the service is available
                (20amps). Treat the output as you would treat 120VAC
                direct from a receptacle...<br>
                <br>
                I've never seen one in the lab, but they do have a
                variable  DC supply that is maybe 3amps and 30v max.<br>
                Depending on the load, the heating element, you might be
                able to use one of those twisty things for lights...<br>
                Alternatively, an AC thermostat for bang bang control
                with hysteria should also work if you keep the thermal
                loop tight.<br>
                <br>
                The last and best option would be a ~$14 PID controller
                from ebay, that would give the best thermal regulation.
                <br>
                Sometimes they come in a kit with an SSR (solid state
                relay) and a thermocouple for a little more dough...<br>
                Here's one kit for $24...<br>
                <a href="http://www.ebay.ca/itm/100-240V-Digital-PID-Temperature-Controller-max-40A-SSR-K-Thermocouple-Probe-/290825156892?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43b687b91c" target="_blank">http://www.ebay.ca/itm/100-240V-Digital-PID-Temperature-Controller-max-40A-SSR-K-Thermocouple-Probe-/290825156892?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43b687b91c</a><br>


                <br>
                <br>
                Michael<br>
                --<br>
                <a href="http://krazatchu.ca/" target="_blank">http://krazatchu.ca/</a><br>
                <br>
                <br>
                <div class="gmail_quote">On Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 4:07 PM,
                  Henri Kuschkowitz <span dir="ltr"><<a href="mailto:henri.kuschkowitz@gmail.com" target="_blank">henri.kuschkowitz@gmail.com</a>></span>
                  wrote:<br>
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                    <div style="word-wrap:break-word">So, I am still
                      getting some more costs tomorrow, but I think I
                      might go with this quick/dirty setup: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVEf7PfuKxo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVEf7PfuKxo</a> 
                      <div> <br>
                      </div>
                      <div>What do you guys think? This leads me to my
                        next question, would anybody know if the lab has
                        an item similar to this:
                        <div>
                          <div><a href="http://www.temcoindustrialpower.com/products/Variable_Transformers/TVT001.html?utm_source=temcotransformer.com&utm_medium=Banner+Ad&utm_campaign=Variac+TVT001" target="_blank">http://www.temcoindustrialpower.com/products/Variable_Transformers/TVT001.html?utm_source=temcotransformer.com&utm_medium=Banner%2BAd&utm_campaign=Variac%2BTVT001</a></div>


                          <div> </div>
                          <div><br>
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                          <div>Cheers all,</div>
                          <div>Henri</div>
                          <div><br>
                          </div>
                          <div>
                            <div>
                              <div>On 2013-07-04, at 7:54 AM, Alex <<a href="mailto:alexbarbour@bell.net" target="_blank">alexbarbour@bell.net</a>>

                                wrote:</div>
                              <br>
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                                <div dir="auto" bgcolor="#ffffff">
                                  <div><font face="Arial">Henri</font></div>
                                  <div> </div>
                                  <div><font face="Arial">Angle iron is
                                      a common name applied to steel
                                      angles. some are extruded in the
                                      heavier sections and have a sharp
                                      outside corner.</font></div>
                                  <div> </div>
                                  <div><font face="Arial">Some are bent
                                      from flat stock and have a
                                      radiused corner.</font></div>
                                  <div><font face="Arial">These are
                                      better for use as formers for
                                      plastics.</font></div>
                                  <div> </div>
                                  <div><font face="Arial">Home depot.
                                      Hardware dept.</font></div>
                                  <div><font face="Arial">CTC ect.</font></div>
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                                    <div style="FONT:10pt arial">-----
                                      Original Message ----- </div>
                                    <div style="FONT:10pt arial;BACKGROUND:#e4e4e4"><b>From:</b>
                                      <a title="henri.kuschkowitz@gmail.com" href="mailto:henri.kuschkowitz@gmail.com" target="_blank">Henri
                                        Kuschkowitz</a> </div>
                                    <div style="FONT:10pt arial"><b>To:</b>
                                      <a title="alexbarbour@bell.net" href="mailto:alexbarbour@bell.net" target="_blank">Alex</a> </div>
                                    <div style="FONT:10pt arial"><b>Sent:</b>
                                      Wednesday, July 03, 2013 9:12 AM</div>
                                    <div style="FONT:10pt arial"><b>Subject:</b>
                                      Re: [Lab] Plastic Bending Strips</div>
                                    <div><br>
                                    </div>
                                    <div>Hey Alex,</div>
                                    <div><br>
                                    </div>
                                    <div>I have a very particular type
                                      of acrylic we are going to be
                                      using that I doubt comes
                                      'bendable'. Angle iron? I haven't
                                      seen those before. Got a reference
                                      or suggestion?</div>
                                    <div><br>
                                    </div>
                                    <div>Cheers,<br>
                                      Henri</div>
                                    <div><br>
                                      On 2013-07-03, at 8:03, Alex <<a href="mailto:alexbarbour@bell.net" target="_blank">alexbarbour@bell.net</a>>


                                      wrote:<br>
                                      <br>
                                    </div>
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                                      <div>
                                        <div><font face="Arial">On the
                                            other hand they do produce
                                            an acrylic sheet that can be
                                            bent cold .</font></div>
                                        <div><font face="Arial">Have
                                            done small pieces by hand.
                                            For larger OR thicker ( say
                                            1/8 inch + )one needs a
                                            former for the edge. Angle
                                            iron with a round egde
                                            serves well.</font></div>
                                        <div><font face="Arial">Alex B</font></div>
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                                            <div>
                                              <div style="FONT:10pt arial">----- Original
                                                Message ----- </div>
                                              <div style="FONT:10pt arial;BACKGROUND:#e4e4e4"><b>From:</b>
                                                <a title="henri.kuschkowitz@gmail.com" href="mailto:henri.kuschkowitz@gmail.com" target="_blank">Henri
                                                  Kuschkowitz</a> </div>
                                              <div style="FONT:10pt arial"><b>To:</b> <a title="lab@artengine.ca" href="mailto:lab@artengine.ca" target="_blank">lab</a>
                                              </div>
                                              <div style="FONT:10pt arial"><b>Sent:</b>
                                                Tuesday, July 02, 2013
                                                3:09 PM</div>
                                              <div style="FONT:10pt arial"><b>Subject:</b>
                                                [Lab] Plastic Bending
                                                Strips</div>
                                              <div><br>
                                              </div>
                                              Hey guys,
                                              <div><br>
                                              </div>
                                              <div>I figured it's a good
                                                time to start asking the
                                                collective for some
                                                feedback. We are planing
                                                on bending larger sheets
                                                of acrylic (they will
                                                definitely not fit into
                                                the laser cutter) and I
                                                am looking at <a href="http://www.briskheat.com/p-152-rh-plastic-bending-strip-heater.aspx" target="_blank">bending
                                                  strip heaters</a> to
                                                build a custom heating
                                                element for our
                                                purposes. Before I go
                                                ahead ordering the
                                                pieces I was wondering
                                                if anyone had ever used
                                                such a thing and/or
                                                knows of a good local
                                                source? For saving some
                                                money, I wonder if
                                                reusing a baseboard
                                                heater could do the
                                                trick :P</div>
                                              <div><br>
                                              </div>
                                              <div>Cheers all,</div>
                                              <div>Henri<span style="white-space:pre-wrap">
                                                </span></div>
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