Step 2: Vacuum Form the molds

I placed the positives in the vacuum former, secured the PET-G food-safe plastic, heated it and vacu-formed the molds.  The hardest part was extracting the gears from the plastic, as the sides were perfectly vertical. Normally one adds a bit of a "draft angle" to the positives, so that they are larger at the base than at the top to ease extraction.  Since I was not in a hurry, nor was I doing a production run of the molds I just dealt with the annoyance.

After a few minutes of flexing and pushing, I had molds for my gear-shaped burgers.

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