Varaform

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Description

[Runlite SA, Belgium] A brand name for a cotton gauze impregnated with a thermoplastic polyester (polycaprolactone) resin. Formerly called Hexcelite and X-Lite, Varaform was originally developed for setting broken bones. Available in three thicknesses, the material is lightweight and rigid at room temperature but easily formable when softened with a hair dryer or hot water. The reusable material can be cut with scissors and it adhers to itself.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Hexcelite; X-Lite [Sunlite SA, Belgium];

Other Properties

Softens at 70°C (160°F)

Hazards and Safety

Nontoxic

Additional Information

° P. Hatchfield, M.Svoboda, "A Summary of Recent Information of the Uses and Testing of Resin Impregnated Gauzes" AIC News 38(1):14, 1999. ° Varaform [Runlite]: website

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ceramics and Glass Conservation Section, List of Workshop Materials, The British Museum, London
  • External source or communication Comment: P. Hatchfield and M. Svoboda, AIC News 38(1) p. 14 1999.

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