Shroud for a monitor: Question on Kydex

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    Question Shroud for a monitor: Question on Kydex

    I need to fabricate a light shroud for a small (6") B&W monitor. I need to put 90 degree bends in the material, and want the finished shroud to look nice. Would Kydex work? Is a 90 degree bend possible, and does it bend easily? Any ideas where a 18" X 12" piece can be obtained?

    Thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    I need to fabricate a light shroud for a small (6") B&W monitor. I need to put 90 degree bends in the material, and want the finished shroud to look nice. Would Kydex work? Is a 90 degree bend possible, and does it bend easily? Any ideas where a 18" X 12" piece can be obtained?
    Kydex would work, but while you're googling the process, look up the old articles on the Macquariums; the clear plastics might be easier to get locally and can still be bent easily, and by painting the less-visible side properly, they can give a really sharp finished look.

    If you've got any places that do metal work nearby, making it from sheet aluminum would be dead simple, and likely more durable.

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    I bet kydex would work well. For a premade solution, I can recommend Hoodman products. I use them quite a bit.

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    kydex can be bent easily with a little heat, and is fairly sturdy too.

    http://interstateplastics.reachlocal...D=Kydex-Ca2009
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    When Kydex hits the magic temperature if becomes softer than a stick of chewing gum.

    You can cut your piece out as a flat sheet and then set that in a pre-heated oven...very quickly it will get incredibly soft and flexible.

    Then just lay it on top of your monitor and it will form and conform itself to the exact shape/contour.

    The Low temp for thermoforming KYDEX is 320 F

    The High Temp for thermoforming KYDEX is 390 F

    Anywhere in between or up to 390 F will work great.
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    For crisper lines/angles use a metal ruler or table/desk edge.
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    Thank you all! Looks like I'll be playing with some Kydex for S&G. For $5.00 and S&H, it'll be easy to fix up some kind of shroud that'll look decent.

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