A Heat-Deforming Method for Thermoplastic Materials Using Microwave Susceptors (15165N)
The invention consists of a thermoplastic sheet which, when heated, can be folded to produce 3D objects. For instance, by microwaving a piece of acrylic sheet furnished with microwave susceptor sheets it is possible to design interesting objects that take advantage of the soft and rigid areas produced by the interaction with microwaves.
By sticking the thermoplastic sheet - a susceptor, which is a type of evaporated aluminium that absorbs microwaves without emitting sparks - onto strategic places in an acrylic sheet it is possible to deform it to purposely designed shapes in order to achieve a variety of configurations.
A software has been developed to assist with cutting and placing of the susceptor onto an acrylic sheet.
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