Flattening warped FD

Discussion in 'My Shapeways Order Arrived' started by GWMT, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. GWMT
    GWMT New Member
    This arrived today:
    NSC417000 side bent 053sm.jpg
    It was packed vertically instead of being laid flat on the bottom of the box. Can FD be flattened out with heat like resin parts?
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2011
  2. GWMT
    GWMT New Member
    A little heat and pressure do the trick!
    NSC417000 side heated 054sm.jpg
    The right side is still slightly lifted but not enough to cause problems. The upper door track will need to be squeezed between a pair of machinist's squares when it's glued down to make it perfectly straight.

    I set it on my FUD oven ( http://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&&th=5 438&goto=38272#msg_38272 ) and it quickly began to flatten out. I finished up by placing a pair of machinist's squares on top to make it perfectly flat.

    When I first opened the box and saw how badly the part was warped I didn't think it could be salvaged. I'm glad I was wrong!
  3. HappenstanceHeroes
    HappenstanceHeroes New Member
    Rather dramatic result! Your bit of ingenuity certainly went a long way in solving what seemed on the surface to totally require a reprint.