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Modding vacuum molding / forming

Discussion in 'Modding' started by theagent, 11 Oct 2004.

  1. theagent

    theagent New Member

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    those of you with links to good vacuum forming guides, post them here!
    if you've completed the guides, post comments about the finished product.

    http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=404
    thats the best one i have

    i'm looking to mod a controller [basically add a clay or something to form it to my hand, then vacuum form plastic over it. i've considered heat issues, but now i need to build the machine]


    also what kind of plastic do you use?
     
  2. grodot

    grodot New Member

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    Vacuumania!

    I dunno if you've seen these but Google coughed up tonnes, keyword: "diy"/"home-made thermoformer" OR "home-made vacuum form"/"ing".

    http://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~wmayol/resources/nacipobre/

    http://www.tki.org.nz/r/technology/curriculum/rsnz/vacuum_e.php

    http://members.aol.com/GCGassaway/vacuform.htm

    http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/vacuumtable/

    http://marvin3m.com/vacuum/

    http://www.alstevens.com/ventriloquism/vacuum.html

    The materials range from "styrene" (probably polystyrene) sheet, to acrylic in various gauges, although I remember always using acrylic in secondary school.

    If you use acrylic, then color would be another dimension that you could factor in. Imagine a custom-formed controller casing in a UV hue with a LED stuck up its side (if that's your thing).

    Take care when heating the sheet, use gloves, open all windows and turn on a fan.

    And also, either if you're using a heat gun, or an oven (best, because the heat is even) or a stove top (one guy actually used this method), don't overheat. Bubbles will form on the plastic and ruin your project.
     

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