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Picture of Thermoforming Plastic
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STEP 1: You need to have a model in high densitiy foam before you can start
STEP 2: Put the model in the machine
STEP 3: Lower the platform where you've putted your model on
STEP 4: Put a plastic sheet on the machine (this one is 2mm thick) and fasten it
STEP 5: Start heathing the sheet
STEP 6: Check if the sheet is hot enough, blow some air in it. It should go up for 6cm.
STEP 7: Let your model go up and push the vacuum button
STEP 8: Lower your model again and let it cool down.
STEP 9: Open the machine and get your plastic sheet out
This is how you thermoform plastic
1tri2god1 year ago
that's a nice machine...but I wonder if anyone has any of those laying around. Is there anything here that a home-based guy or gal could do...or would it just be a re-hash of other excellent instructables?
I've seen a few projects that are DIY type vacuum formers. Here are a few that I bookmarked:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Demystified-Vacuum-Forming-2/

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Your-Own-Prototypes-%3A-How-to-make-your/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-good%2c-cheap%2c-upgradeable-sheet-plastic-vacu/