Friday, November 9, 2012

Death of a Die

 I learned the hard way that there is a reason why dies are almost always made out of metal. I had laser cut some shapes to try out in the extruder I have been making out of PVC pipe and lumber.

 It looked so promising... I loaded up the pipe with clay and pushed in the plunger. I heard a crack but I thought that it was only an air pocket in my pug of clay.

Lesson learned. Plexiglas is too brittle to withstand the extreme force of extrusion.

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