I just received a conformateur pro from Gary. It works perfectly. It is very well made and easy to use. Gary was in touch throughout the order/shipping process. Five stars all around!
Hat-Making tools here
Conformer Formillian Professional Combo
This is a matched set of hat making tools for custom hat makers designed in-house in consultation with custom hatter Mike Miller of the Northwest Hat Company in Eugene, OR.
The Conformer (larger tool) allows a custom hat maker to measure the size and shape of a client's head accurately. A light elastic band holds the sliding keys to the smallest dimension when not in use. Loosen the knobs and have a client slide the conformer into position on their head, then tighten the knobs to form a perfect representation of the client's head size and shape.
The Formillion (smaller tool) is used by placing inside the sized conformer and sliding the keys outward to match the key faces of the conformer. When the wing-nuts are tightened, the ridged keys may then be used to shape a custom hat.
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These tools are printed using PLA. Polylactic Acid (PLA) is different than most thermoplastic polymers in that it is derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane.
Please Note: These tools are 3D printed to order and take from 1-3 weeks to deliver, depending on order volume.
This hat-making tool is a conformer. The sliding keys, held inward by an elastic band is placed over a client's head to find the perfect size and shape of the head. This version is lighter and much less expensive to manufacture than our Conformer-Formillion Professional series tool set. You may want several of them so that you can ship one to remote clients.
These tools are printed using PLA. Polylactic Acid (PLA) is different than most thermoplastic polymers in that it is derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane. It is very tough compared to similar products and will withstand constant use.
Dimensions are in MM.
Shipping of $25 will be added upon checkout. This is for insured USPS Priority Mail.
Please note: These are printed to order and will take from 1-3 weeks to deliver, depending on our current work load.
PLA is a durable and sustainable but has limitations as to how hot you can get it before it begins to deform.
So what temperature can PLA withstand?
To understand the temperature PLA can withstand, we need to see what the glass transition temperature is – the temperature at which a polymer like PLA transitions from a solid state into an amorphous (softened) state.
The glass transition temperature of PLA is around 60 to 65 degrees C, or 140 to 150 degrees F. At these temperatures, PLA will begin to soften.
What is the melting point of PLA?
The melting point for PLA is much higher, at around 180 to 190 degrees C, which is the typical printing temperature for PLA parts.
It’s interesting to see how the glass transition temperature(the temperature that PLA softens at) is so much lower than the temperature it will melt at!
What is the heat resistance of PLA plus? (This is what I use.)
PLA+ is advertised as a more advanced form of PLA, which happens to overcome some of the weaknesses of PLA such as brittleness and finish.
This means that prolonged exposure to steam, or other heat sources may damage your PLA product. Most hatters using my products do not find this to be a problem.