I want to melt a bed of plastic powder so that the powder bed once melted then cooled form a solid sheet of plastic.
In order to melt the powder I thinking of passing a nichrome (Ni80/Cr20) wire over the bed without the wire touching the bed. With the direction of motion of the wire perpendicular to the length of the wire.
The heat from the wire should radiate from the wire and pass into the plastic powder in order to melt the powder is this possible? Is it possible to to melt plastic powders through heat radiation from a nichrome wire.
I can use a wire of any diameter. Single wire or multiple wire in parallel.
Melting temperature of plastic used is 270-300°C.
Any distance between the wire and the powder bed is possible. Close distance between the wire and powder is preferred.