Posts Tagged ‘teflon’

New VAT + DuPont Teflon FEP Film

December 11th, 2011 10 comments

Time to marry these two together.

For now I’m just folding the film in place.

I used some clips and an old ruler to cut two pieces 95mm in length:

and stretched the Teflon Film on top of the glass. It kind of clings to the glass by itself.

Just secured it on two opposite sides:

That is it for now… Later!


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Got DuPont FEP Teflon?

December 11th, 2011 No comments

Got Milk? No?

Got DuPont FEP Teflon then? YES!

First Impressions:

It is a plastic, clear and somewhat like cellophane used in the floral business. There is an adhesive backing version, so
that would be the one to get, but could not find a source for it. In my neck of the woods DuPont does not even import or distribute the FEP film(Fluorinated
ethylene propylene). When you heat it up it becomes more flexible. I wrote about
this in
I had a small sample piece then, now I have a much larger sheet, also thicker.
when I unroll even 5~10cm it is statically charged. It is hydrophobic, rather
resinophobic i.e. it repels resin and forces it to try to minimize the contact

I placed a drop of resin and spread it around:

as you can see just on its own it tried to form a sphere.

The cured resin is released easier than silicone, but not by that much.

What helps is that it flexes and literally peeled off the cured resin.

There were no ill effects to the film after polymerizing a drop of resin on top of it.

I wiped it with a cotton cloth and then paper towels with Isopropyl Alcohol.

Clearly “THE SECRET” ingredient in a lot of printers.

More to come…


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What Will Happen If I…

November 11th, 2011 2 comments

I know you have asked yourselves this question and the answer resulted usually you ended up in trouble, but maybe not this time.

I decided to check whether the polymerized resin will burn out or melt for casting purposes. I placed some Teflon film ( yes, I have it and will post about it ) on the Ceramic stove top burner. Placed the screw with a blob of resin and raised the temperature slowly.  @100 C -  I saw no change in the Teflon film other that it went soft, but it kept its properties. @120 C, 130 C, 150 C, 180 C, 200 C, same thing except the resin started to get soft when in contact with the teflon film. I broke a piece of the resin and set it on top of the film. Raised to 250 C – the teflon kind of melted and adhered to the ceramic( but was not hard to damage it by moving the piece of resin around ) and the resin started to change color to deep yellow.

Up to 300 C and the teflon is still holding and repelling the resin from ruining my ceramic counter top:

@380 – 400 I gave up since the resin changed color to almost black and no melting has occurred – it stayed the blob shape that I originally broke off.

Scraping the teflon with a putty knife made it into white plastic -like shavings.  It protected the stove top even at the higher temperatures so well that :


My wife is never going to know or suspect anything like the above ever happened in the kitchen!



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