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Gizmo

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Vacuform
« on: June 07, 2014, 12:51:36 AM »
Does the lab have a vacuform machine? Is there any interest in having one?

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Re: Vacuform
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2014, 01:13:58 AM »
I think we have a big one that may or may not work, and a small one that may or may not work. If those aren't functional, that was my next planned tool build. It'd be great to team up!

How big are you thinking?
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Re: Vacuform
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2014, 01:17:25 AM »
I haven't done a whole lot of research into them, my fiance was saying she wished she had access to one. Without knowing how expensive the consumables are for a vacuform, I'd say maybe up to 3'x3'? That would allow people to make expanding large expanding foam parts and such.


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Re: Vacuform
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2014, 06:19:20 AM »
I made the small one and it works well. But its just a box thats hooked up to our shop vac. My pieces are small so I have been using a toaster oven to heat the styrene. Max size of a styrene is about 8 inches square.

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Re: Vacuform
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2014, 09:19:36 AM »
I learned a lot by watching this video recently - and it shows a big table like you are mentioning - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJObT6xw34Q

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Re: Vacuform
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2014, 10:55:11 PM »
Thanks for the link. I was planning on building a machine to do vacuforms and this gives me all sorts  of ideas.  I even have a use for that old burnt out compressor tank