New in the Maker Shed: ShapeLock

Shapelock allows you to rapidly create mechanical prototypes parts, brackets, housings, molds, etc. This amazing plastic melts in hot water and locks rigidly at room temperature! Super Strong, Tough, Safe and Reusable! So what is it? ShapeLock is an Ultra-High Molecular Weight Low Temperature Thermoplastic similar to Nylon or Polypropylene in toughness but does not need high temperatures or high pressures to form into useful shapes.


  • Reusable – Just reheat and remold, endlessly recycle-able.
  • Super Tough, Safe and Non-Toxic.
  • Machine-able – Easy to saw, drill, tap and mill.
  • Paintable – Readily accepts Acrylic hobby paints, dyes and pigments.
  • Excellent material for frames, brackets, forms, molds and custom parts.

The Maker Shed is brought to you by Maker Media, the makers of MAKE Magazine, the Maker Faire, and much more.

Launched originally as a source for back issues of MAKE Magazine, the Maker Shed expanded rapidly to meet the demand for 'projects in a box,' otherwise known as kits. Now we have a little bit of everything for makers, crafters, and budding scientists, from Arduinos to sock monkeys to chemistry sets .

View more articles by Maker Shed