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Make a Plastic Vacuum Molder using parts around the house. NOTE--This article was originally posted at SheekGeek. This is my first tutorial or instruc...
The main parts to this machine are: -A top; which is the place that the object to be copied is put and the magic happens. This has holes drilled in ...
First, drill a bunch of little holes in the lid of the jar, spaced about 1/4 of an inch apart. Try to evenly space them in a grid pattern. This will b...
Second, cut a hole in the side of the peanut butter jar just large enough that little more than the tip of the 2 liter bottle top will fit through it....
Then use the knife to cut the top off of the coke bottle, Put the top of the bottle through the hole in the jar from the inside like this:
Now saran wrap and tape the whole assembly. (Make sure to get saran wrap in the threads of the screw top of the jar.)
Put the lid back on the jar. The whole thing should be air tight except for the holes in the top. For plastic, I use the sides of one-gallon water j...
Select what ever object you want to copy. Some tips on selecting objects: -- Make sure that the object is not tapered on the bottom. This will make...
Once the plastic is good and saggy, slowly place it over the object. The plastic will stretch over the object. Try to get a good seal all around the...
The plastic will suck tight to the object and the workspace. If when you turn off the vacuum cleaner, the plastic is still gooey enough to try to com...
Cut the extra off and put it in the recycling bin and you are done!
Get some more practice with it; see what you can do and how it all works. If you would like to make a bigger vacuum forming machine, you will need th...
Large plastic sheets are available online from many suppliers. Check out the United States Plastic Corp. for material, or be creative and use things ...
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