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Connor
08-19-2010, 10:56 AM
I got a little bored during the summer, and decided to build a few projects that aren't robots. This is my version of a Vacuum forming machine. What makes this Vacuum former different than other ones the same size is that mine has a carriage for the carrier frame. The carriage is made of standard draw rails, with cables and pulleys to link them together so that they're always even with each other. Also, this allows me to gentry or rapidly lower the frame onto the Platen.

I initially tested the machine with plastic signs I could get from the local hardware places. The parts in the frame where my very first pull using the machine. The lettering on the signs caused it wrinkle. It does much better with Styrene.

Specifications
Sheet Size: 9.5" x 13"
Planten Size (usable Area): 8" x 11"
Vacuum Source: Standard Wet/Dry Shop Vac (6.5 HP 16 Gallon Rigid)
Heat Source: 1500W Oster Electric Skilliet

Thanks, Connor

darkback2
08-19-2010, 12:33 PM
Looking good. I personally am all for overkill on things like this.

What are you using as a heat source? I can't really see it in the pictures.

DB

Connor
08-19-2010, 12:47 PM
Looking good. I personally am all for overkill on things like this.

What are you using as a heat source? I can't really see it in the pictures.

DB

In the first picture, the thing on top, is a heater (just like the one lnxfergy has) from Walmart.

Matt
08-19-2010, 10:39 PM
This is awesome. Was there a tutorial somewhere on how to build it?

lnxfergy
08-19-2010, 10:43 PM
This is awesome. Was there a tutorial somewhere on how to build it?

Not sure if Connor used this, but I know both Gary and I referenced: http://www.halloweenfear.com/vacuumformintro.html

My slightly less complicated version is here: http://www.showusyoursensors.com/2010/03/vacuum-former-finished.html

-Fergs

gdubb2
08-19-2010, 11:17 PM
This is my version..
http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=3100&c=3&userid=2033

My heat source is a 900watt element from an old pizza oven.

Gary

more images in my gallery..