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Interesting idea from the UK’s Mindsets online. I haven’t found any pictures or video of the actual process or its products, so it may be one of those many brainstorms that turns out to be, ah, well…let’s just say “more interesting as an idea than in practice.” Still, I am intrigued. Feels like it could be a jumping-off point for some very clever small-shop process.

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Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. Richard Harris says:

    No this is in production and has been for a long time Many teachers including me have used it. iw works, The version I had used a flat wire strip to make the mould.you could bend it to any shape you required.

  2. Richard Harris says:

    Double post

  3. 影月 says:

    I’ve done exactly this and gotten fairly good results. Avoid using the trigger and just push the glue in from the back in one smooth motion to get less bubbles.

  4. Tyr Grisfal says:

    What about a caulking gun?

  5. Tyr Grisfal says:

    What about a caulking gun?

  6. Tyr Grisfal says:

    What about a caulking gun?

  7. Not new, I was taught this technique to prototype silicon rubber buttons during my industrial design course. Drill or Mill an appropriate mold in plastic (or even wood?) and inject hot glue. 
    You can get very professional results, I’m surprised I don’t see more DIY devices using this.