The Makery’s recent acquisition of a Variac has rekindled interest in a few projects that had been on hold. Â One of those projects was the Acrylic Bender that James had been working on. At it’s core, the bender is just a halogen bulb between two aluminum tubes full of circulating water. The idea is to create a line of focused heat to allow plastics to be bent accurately. Â We found that it works equally well for acrylic and Sintra (Foamed PVC). Â The Bender (along with the Variac) is currently stored in the “TOOLS” cabinet.