Sunday, September 14, 2008

Material Destruction

First wave of concept sketches are complete, along with material exploration. Noticing that while Spectar handles initial heating exceptionally well, heating and then cooling tend to make the material brittle... In other words, seems like you have to get it in one go. Also, little known fact by Auburn U students: Spectar catches fire.
Heat gun > Torch.

Thicker sheets of Spectar seem to hold up to heating and bending a lot better though... Which probably doesn't make a lot of sense, but then again we have had so many mix ups with our acrylic supply, scratch-resistant Spectar, and normal Spectar that it wouldn't suprise me if I grabbed the wrong stuff. That being said, the thick orange sheets we have are great... Really hold thickness and form even on the verge of melting. Really great.

1 comment:

Ron Adams said...

Hi Matt,
Oops! Spectar will catch fire and burn. It doesn't smell very apealing either!

Spectar will typically weaken with every "heat" event. While it will relax after heating, it's not as strong as it was before.

Looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with!