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Rough guide to Vacuum Forming

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Unless you have a vacuum former in your workshop (most of us don't) you might not consider vacuum forming.

What you will need:

A template of what shape you want to create - This could be cut out from a piece of card, or a 3D shape in the form of a block of wood or any other solid object

2 plastic washing up tubs - Big strong ones will be better, as they will be used to make the chamber in which the vacuum will be created. Metal would work better, but this guide is for modding on a small scale and so strong plastic will do.

A vacuum cleaner - One with an adjustable intake would be better than one without.

A large piece of clear acrylic - Large enough to cover the plastic tub size.

Source of heat for the acrylic - I will be using a heat gun (normally used for paint stripping). You might want to heat the plastic up in your oven on a very low heat, but I don't claim responsibility if you melt it.

Duct tape - always handy

Finally you'll need some acrylic to mold - oh yeah and a Dremmel or similar rotary tool.

Stay tuned to this thread and I'll show you how I make my own vacuum former.
Edited by Kasper - 1/5/09 at 8:06pm
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Does this have anything to do with a one legged midget, a banjo, and a hooker?

LOL.....waiting to hear the rest!
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hehe, nah Syrillian asked to to post a build log for it. I'll have done it by Friday probably.

I'll post the whole thing with picures etc in my first post to save confusion.
Edited by Kasper - 1/5/09 at 7:15pm
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Sounds cool.

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I used to love the Vacuum formers at school, we had injection moulders too, I wish my old teacher was still there, he'd let me come in and use some of the stuff D;
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"Tunes in".

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I used to love the Vacuum formers at school, we had injection moulders too, I wish my old teacher was still there, he'd let me come in and use some of the stuff D;
Yeah, I remember using one at school, but we never had an injection molder though. I wouldn't mind going back to the workshop block to grab some raw materials. I suppose I could bribe a kid to steal some for me, but that could lead to all sorts of trouble.
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I have done this before but I want to see the way that you do it
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