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Post  akjgardner on Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:21 pm

I'm getting ready to build a vacuum forming jig. Iv'e got an idea how to do it but if anyones got some ideas, I'd love to hear them........Thanks
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Post  Marleysky on Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:42 pm

Ahhh! I can't find the one I thought I had saved to my "I wanna do this later file". I did quick search on you tube, and found this one from the UK, very similar to the one I'd saved but a bit larger in size. The first one the guy was making wheel pants and canopies cut out of a circular plastic dinner plates, like 10 cents each, on a 12x12 box.
Both look quite easy to fab and operate. I'll see if I can locate the original, until then watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fJOhrt001c
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Post  akjgardner on Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:49 pm

Marleysky wrote:Ahhh! I can't find the one I thought I had saved to my "I wanna do this later file".  I did quick search on you tube, and found this one from the UK, very similar to the one I'd saved but a bit larger in size. The first one the guy was making wheel pants and canopies cut out of a circular plastic dinner plates, like 10 cents each, on a 12x12 box.
Both look quite easy to fab and operate. I'll see if I can locate the original, until then watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fJOhrt001c
That was very informative Marleysky. thanks
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Post  PeterJGregory on Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:37 pm

I guess there's kinda two threads going here on CEF about vacuum forming.
I just posted this on the other thread and see the cosplay guy on youtube has been found.
This is the youtube where he goes into his heating system to melt the thermoplastic.
The part about the heating system starts around the 5:00 mark and I have been looking into the infrared heater that he used.
Maybe Sam's or BJ's here in the states.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maH5Ech0wK8


Here's a cheap 600/1200 W heater from Walmart.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Optimus-Electric-Garage-Shop-Ceiling-or-Wall-Mount-Utility-Heater-HEOP9010/15162290
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Post  getback on Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:34 am

For you people with $$$ here is one not that expensive http://www.widgetworksunlimited.com/12_x12_Hobby_Vacuum_Former_p/vf-12x12-vac_former.htm I have watched this one and he shows some good things about building one other than the fact he uses his oven ?!?!? http://www.mdpub.com/vacuumformer/ getback Babe Bee
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