Plasticlad® can be easily formed into a variety of shapes by utilizing heat to bend it. One huge advantage Plasticlad® has over wood is that it can be formed into a finished assembly in a fraction of the time and cost it would take to produce a similar part in wood. Because it is a thermoplastic material, Plasticlad® responds to heat bending with minimal deformation of shape and finish.
Bending may be accomplished utilizing convection air circulating ovens, strip heaters, or radiant heaters. Heat guns can also be used on small areas where appearance and uniformity may be compromised. Care should always be taken not to overheat the material, which could cause a rough texture and possible discoloration. Heating times and temperatures should be controlled to prevent the surface temperature from exceeding 320 degrees for more than 10 minutes. Heating should be done from both sides to guarantee uniformity. Heating times are generally about 3 minutes per ¼" of thickness of material. When material shape or heating is not uniform, longer times may be required. Heat should be applied evenly, until the product has become flexible, and easy to form. Once it has reached a workable state, no additional heat is required. Care should be taken when handling hot material, as severe burns could result from unprotected contact.