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Subject: Re: What is needed to reflow ABS???

Date: 08/28/02 at 6:02 PM
Posted by: Carl Howarth
E-mail: howarthc@hdev.org
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In Reply to: What is needed to reflow ABS??? posted by Brian Tremblay on 08/26/02 at 3:46 PM:

Hello Brian,

I am trying to picture exactly what you are needing, but I can't visualize the whole thing.

In general, ABS can be reheated to do a number of things. Heat staking and hot plate welding are very common assembly processes that involve reheating the material to make it flow slightly. Hot knives are used at times to cut or trim ABS parts.

The bottom line is that you need to experiment to see if it works. ABS softens at about 300 F, and is a viscous liquitd at 450 F. You will need decent heating elements to achieve a temperature somewhere in between.

Good luck, and hopefully you'll get a more informed reply.

Best Regards,
Carl Howarth

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