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Elkman

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Topic says it all lol
I've heard you can buy it at sign shops, though I haven't checked them out. I've been buying mine from Plastics International, conveniently located just down the street from my office. Their web site sounds like they cater only to big businesses and the like, but I found that if I called them up and told them what I was looking for, they'd hook me up with the right stuff, and have it available at their "will call" desk. Their online guide lists "foamed PVC" as the cross-reference for Sintra, so that's apparently the generic name for it.

I think there are a couple other foamed PVC products out there. I'm doing a search and I've found "Komatex" and "Celtec". I haven't heard of how well those products would work for thermoforming, although Celtec might be good if you're making a Celtec Predator. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Don't be afraid to call a few plastics suppliers out of the Yellow Pages and ask some questions. If one company can't help you out, call another.
 

MasterAnubis

New Member
I have a similar story. I have Regal Piedmont Plastics two miles away. I called two local sign shops before calling them. The second shop accually was willing to order me some if Piedmont didn't sell to the public. The sign shop and Piedmont both called it Sintra.

I delt with Brian and asked him about shipping. He said that they are willing to work with people(like cutting sheets down). But, they only sell full sheets 4' X 8' and if they freight full sheets there is a minimum of some kind.

http://www.piedmontplastics.com/
5720 S. 40th Street
Suite 3
Phoenix, Arizona 85040
Toll Free: 800-829-4770
Phone: 602-437-1000

Like Elkman said, call around and you might be surprised how close a supplier could be.
 

AngReed3180

New Member
HAAAAA!!!! I totally didn't realize just how lucky I am to have found out about all this... I actually have a couple buddies who work at the local campus' sign shop... because they weren't able to give me a job there a while back, and I have kept up a good repertoire with them, they said I could have as much of their scrap material as I want!!!
How friggin lucky am I? Now I just need a lead on some good ABS and I'm set!
Oh... in other news, who's absolutely stoked about July 9th? (Predators hits the theaters) link:
http://www.predators-movie.com/
 

AlienatedPredator

New Member
I have a similar story. I have Regal Piedmont Plastics two miles away. I called two local sign shops before calling them. The second shop accually was willing to order me some if Piedmont didn't sell to the public. The sign shop and Piedmont both called it Sintra.

I delt with Brian and asked him about shipping. He said that they are willing to work with people(like cutting sheets down). But, they only sell full sheets 4' X 8' and if they freight full sheets there is a minimum of some kind.

http://www.piedmontplastics.com/
5720 S. 40th Street
Suite 3
Phoenix, Arizona 85040
Toll Free: 800-829-4770
Phone: 602-437-1000

Like Elkman said, call around and you might be surprised how close a supplier could be.
When you working with sintra, is it easy to bend, do you have to use a heat gun, or does it just snap? lol Also is it easy to cut or must I use a saw/ drimmel tool? :)

HAAAAA!!!! I totally didn't realize just how lucky I am to have found out about all this... I actually have a couple buddies who work at the local campus' sign shop... because they weren't able to give me a job there a while back, and I have kept up a good repertoire with them, they said I could have as much of their scrap material as I want!!!
How friggin lucky am I? Now I just need a lead on some good ABS and I'm set!
Oh... in other news, who's absolutely stoked about July 9th? (Predators hits the theaters) link:
http://www.predators-movie.com/
I myself am very excited! lol I wanna get my suit done before then, so I can go see the movie in it
 

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MasterAnubis

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When you working with sintra, is it easy to bend, do you have to use a heat gun, or does it just snap? lol Also is it easy to cut or must I use a saw/ drimmel tool? :)
Yes Sintra is very easy to work with. I haven't needed to use a Dremel on it, just razor and Xacto knife. Search here for Sintra and Foamex and you'll see what some of the talent here has come up with. Some great suff has been made with Sintra and hot glue(Swords, armor, casters).

I have scored it and heated it to get a straight line. When it's evenly heated it's really pliable. Heat up both sides with a heat gun to heat it evenly. I use leather gloves to do it by hand. Something like 200°-225°F in the oven on a sheet of metal till pliable.

Yes, I have had Sintra fracture on me. If you bend it just right it will brake apart. It really only happened to me when I was cutting it with shears. Basically, don't force it.
 

AlienatedPredator

New Member
Yes Sintra is very easy to work with. I haven't needed to use a Dremel on it, just razor and Xacto knife. Search here for Sintra and Foamex and you'll see what some of the talent here has come up with. Some great suff has been made with Sintra and hot glue(Swords, armor, casters).

I have scored it and heated it to get a straight line. When it's evenly heated it's really pliable. Heat up both sides with a heat gun to heat it evenly. I use leather gloves to do it by hand. Something like 200°-225°F in the oven on a sheet of metal till pliable.

Yes, I have had Sintra fracture on me. If you bend it just right it will brake apart. It really only happened to me when I was cutting it with shears. Basically, don't force it.
Ya I was asking bec of the backpack made by vinman, it was awesome looking, so I want to create one of my own. thanks for the info :)
 

Mannowar

New Member
Just to throw out an additional option as Sintra can be expensive... don't know what the prices are like compared to others, but I know that Gavrieli Plastics here in L.A. has Sintra sheets in varying sizes.

Gavrieli
 

pjnortons

New Member
Hey,
I managed to locate the foamed PVC which i'm told is the same as Sintra. The store i delt with also mention a material called Styreen. It seemed a little easier to work with to me but i actually have no idea what i'm talking about here. Has anyone worked with this material? Should i stick with the Sintra?

Thanks
 

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ghanley1

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I have been able to find oddball sizes and thicknesses of Sintra and "Sintra-like" material at Mac's hardware, back in their bargain barns, and I have been spraying it in automotive rubberized undercoating, can says its paintable when dry, so far it has been melding pieces together quite nicely....
 

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