methylene chloride

I thought I’d share with you how methylenchlorid can be used to glue and fix different plastics. Here’s an experiment I’ve just done using a hacked servo (continuous rotation) and polystyrene and methylenchlorid to make a linear actuator. The video below shows how easy it is to use methylenchlorid:


Methylenchlorid, also known as methylene chloride and dichloromethane, is an organic chemical compound and solvent.

It’s commonly used as an adhesive for architectural models because of its ability to bond materials transparently and quickly without sticking to your fingers.

The following plastics are suitable for bonding with methylene chloride – polystyrene, acrylic, polycarbonate, PET-G, and ABS.  Note you can’t use it to with polypropylene or polyethylene.

Here in Vienna I am able to buy polystyrene and methylenchlorid at ARCHIDELIS, which has a range of model building materials for architecture, design and fabrication.


*update 11 dec 2009*
This experiment relates to an exhibition of mine at Museums Quartier in Vienna, details are below-

Niki Passath – QUANTITY
Open: Wed 16.12.09, 19h. Exhibition closes 16.1 2010
Electric Avenue, quartier21 Electric Avenue, quartier21

From the curatorial essay-
“The title “QUANTITY” derives from the simple fact that it is an
installation containing a collection of objects that through their
shape, have the ability to expand and contract. The objects are
designed so that the continuous expansions and contractions are
“clumsy” and strenuous attempts to express movement. Over time and the
limited space of the staging results in forced collision of artifacts
to each other and the surrounding walls. As a result of which the
geometrical forms either change the direction of their movement
patterns or develop a common collective locomotion.

The diversity of interactions and collective forms that fascinate
evolve over time, before the eyes of the observer, completely without
his intervention, becoming socialized.

But what does it mean if it is possible for an artist to inscribe the
social behavior of biological forms “hijack-ing architectural bodies?
For Passath it’s just one more proof of the many possibilities of
techno-organic being.”


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