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(Some Guy)   Mondays suck, but in a bad way, vacuum forms suck, but in a better way. This week let's talk vacuum form molding and what sort of non industrial uses they might have in this Maker Monday Thread. Link goes the Mayku FormBox desktop vacuum form   (mayku.me) divider line
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2021-02-08 9:08:25 AM  
That is a good example of a sucky website.

If you want me to see your product, put a demo infomercial right on the page, linked from YouTube, and not requiring me to trust the dozens of Javascipts that lard the typical site.

All I know now is what it costs.
 
2021-02-08 9:16:23 AM  
Riker masks

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2021-02-08 9:53:17 AM  
Nice, but spendy if price is an issue. Lots of RC modelers build their own. They work well and cost around $40 for materials.
 
2021-02-08 10:21:04 AM  
This one is a link to get the discussion started. I didn't think about RC Car hobbyists. That's actually a really good example of non-industrial application...

I know a lot of drone products are made using injection molding, but I wonder if vacuum form would work here too...

I have a Holy Stone that out of the box didn't work right in "slow mode", it was uncontrollable and would often take off on its own in some random direction and it slammed into the brick of my house and cracked the body. It still works fine, and I'm sure I could repair the crack, but now I'm wondering if I could make a couple of shells that would make it look nice and keep it protected at the same time...
 
2021-02-08 12:33:46 PM  
I just sold my vacuum. It was just gathering dust anyway.
 
2021-02-08 1:31:33 PM  
Or if you want to get all DYI
How to Make a Larger Vacuum Former | I Like To Make Stuff
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2021-02-08 1:57:24 PM  
Daleks. Here's my across-the-alley neighbor Jon with one of his:

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Some parts are vacuum-formed, some are molded fiberglass+resin. Other materials too, of course.
 
2021-02-08 1:58:09 PM  
Built my first vacuform aircraft kit in about 1984. Very old school technology that goes back to at least the 50s as far as models are concerned.
 
2021-02-08 2:11:02 PM  
Would you guys want more instructionals rather than products? I model these threads after the Friday Fark Gaming Threads and those always seem to go to products. And I know vacuum forms have been around forever and you can easily build one, I just threw this one out there in order for people to have a reference point for the discussion.

Speaking of the discussion:

Does anyone know if a vacuum form can do a negative style mold? As I understand it, vacuum forms are generally used to create a shape around a positive shape, and the form creates a negative, so lets say you take a Lightning McQueen car, and make a form, the inside or negative will be highly detailed, but the outside of the form less so. So it would be great for making a Lightning McQueen soap bar by pouring in the soap in your negative.

What I'd like to know is if you can vacuum form a negative mold to get a more detailed exterior shape. Example: Lets say I want a detailed helmet. If I just make a model of a helmet and vacuum form plastic around it, I wouldn't get say some small detail like a symbol or emblem. I would get a low res vague outline of the symbol, and the interior side of the helmet would have all the detail. Kind of like that picture above of someone's face, it's overly detailed on the outside, but I bet the inside is. Is it possible to vacuum down into a negative mold so that the fine detail is on the exterior of the helmet?

Or should I look at a DIY blow mold?
 
2021-02-08 2:13:45 PM  

phaseolus: Daleks. Here's my across-the-alley neighbor Jon with one of his:

[bostonmakers.org image 640x427]


That dude looks incredibly familiar. Where are you from?
 
2021-02-08 2:49:28 PM  

Extra Virgin Geek Olive Oil: phaseolus: Daleks. Here's my across-the-alley neighbor Jon with one of his:

[bostonmakers.org image 640x427]

That dude looks incredibly familiar. Where are you from?


Milwaukee. He travels around to various Dalek-related gatherings when he gets the chance, though.
 
2021-02-08 2:55:24 PM  

phaseolus: Extra Virgin Geek Olive Oil: phaseolus: Daleks. Here's my across-the-alley neighbor Jon with one of his:

[bostonmakers.org image 640x427]

That dude looks incredibly familiar. Where are you from?

Milwaukee. He travels around to various Dalek-related gatherings when he gets the chance, though.


I bet I've seen him at GenCon before then... That's not necessarily Dalek related, but it was Milwaukee related for a number of years and that guy looks the part...
 
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