Molding and Casting Plastics
Plans for a tabletop vacuum forming machine that can mold flat plastic sheets into complex shapes using heat and vacuum. This versatile machine was designed to be an easy 2 or 3 weekend project using ordinary parts and a wood cabinet. It features a built in 110 volt oven and powerful vacuum system. This is the largest size you can run on a residential house circuit. The comprehensive construction plans include a 100 page illustrated assembly manual, 2 large photo pages, 32 drawings, sources and a large cut away drawing. This little powerhouse can form up to 1/4 inch thick plastic sheets. The sheet size is 12 x18 inches or smaller and depth of draw is up to 6 inches. You get Industrial strength performance and a perfect size for the hobbyist or small business.
110 Volt Heating Element kits are available to speed up construction and guarantee good results.
There are no comparable small machines currently being produced with this level of performance. Estimated cost to build this machine is $250 to $350 depending on the vacuum system chosen. Perfect for the serious hobbyist or small business. Ask for a free information sheet. Build it Yourself and Save!More Info. and Pictures Index
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Plans for a larger vacuum forming used to mold flat plastic sheets into complex shapes by using heat and vacuum. This machine can be built in three sizes, 2x2, 2x3, and 2x4 ft. (sheet Sizes) These machines are ideal for prototyping, packaging and short run production of larger parts. Form up to 1/4 inch thick plastic sheets with a 12 inch depth of draw. The 220 volt oven is mounted overhead so it takes up minimal floor space, and a rugged manual lift linkage transfers the plastic sheet between the oven and the platen. Removable platens let you change sizes easily. Build this machine for 80% less than a new unit with the same performance. A steel chassis with wood exterior panels make it both rugged and attractive. Easy to build with no machined parts. Plans now on CD, include a 100 page assembly manual, parts and material cut lists, 27 parts drawings, 3 full size cut-away drawings and 36 color pictures. Custom heating element kits are available.Index
Over 25,000 copies sold! This little book has introduced thousands of modelers to vacuum forming (molding plastic sheets) Learn how to get 5 times more vacuum than any vacuum cleaner, and form up to ¼ in thick plastic sheets. Written in plain English for the hobbyist, this book shows you how to build low cost equipment from ordinary parts. Includes a wealth of information on plastics, low cost vacuum sources, how to use your oven most effectively and using alternate heat sources. Plenty of tips and examples will save you time. If you want to make a few parts on a budget, you need this book!More Info. and Pictures Index
An easy to read book loaded with illustrations and photo's. Shows how to build a machine that operates on 110 volts and forms a 12 x 15 plastic sheet. A bit more complicated and harder to build that our Hobby-Vac plans, but full of clever ideas like an adjustable clamp frame and moving platen. Many aspects of this design can be scaled up successfully or used on other machines. A great source of additional information for anyone custom building a machineMore Info. and Pictures Index
One of my best sellers!... This is a very popular set, it covers every common material plus some unusual ones used in the special effects industry. A four book set includes a 67 page Moldmaking guide, 82 page Casting guide, and a valuable Source book containing addresses and phone numbers for 290 sources of 216 materials. There is also a 55 page Bonus guide with lots of other good stuff. These books are printed with plain covers and stapled together, but they contain the largest collection of practical information on every type of mold or casting materials you are likely to find. The Source guide alone is worth the price. Well illustrated and easy to read...More Info. and Pictures Index
This book shows how to do mold making and casting for theatrical props, but some of the materials and techniques also work well for vacuum forming molds. Covers many common materials and some you never heard of, shows each one in use with over 450 photographs and 236 pages. Also suggests clever uses for materials you can find at the hardware store. Includes one chapter on building a simple vacuum forming machine suitable for thin plastics, and shows how it can be used. also gives tips on painting and decorating various materials.More Info. and Pictures Index
This two DVD set is 3 1/2 hours long, and takes you step by step by step through eight projects from beginning to advanced. Latex is an inexpensive, thick brushable liquid that dries to form a durable soft rubber. It can be used to make highly detailed molds that will "peel off" of shapes with severe undercuts, It can then be backed up with a plaster mold for support if needed. Use latex molds to create polyester, urethane or plaster parts. There is no substitute for seeing how it's done.More Info. and Pictures Index
Injection molding is a process where molten plastic is forced under pressure into a cavity where it cools and forms a part. On the surface it appears to be a technology well beyond a home shop. This book shows you how to build a simple inexpensive tabletop machine from ordinary parts. You will need to weld angle iron for the frame and you should have a lathe or at least a drill press to make an accurate hole for the injection cylinder. Sources are given for the heating element and thermostat. A very simple machine you can build in a weekend. Use simple molds made from aluminum, steel, epoxy or even plaster. Purchased molds are also available. The best part is that you can use recycled plastic bottles for the molding material. Easy to build and a lot of fun. A great introduction to this important process.More Info. and Pictures Index
Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), often called spark erosion, uses electrical discharges to remove unwanted material. This book shows how to build and use a “Sink” or “Ram” type machine that will take a shaped electrode and slowly plunge it down into any conductive material no matter how hard it is. Imagine taking a square electrode and plunging it into a block of solid carbide. What other tool can make a blind square hole? EDM can do it even in solid carbide. It’s a slow process, but it can do otherwise impossible jobs. The most obvious is removing broken taps and drills without harming the workpiece.
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Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) is a process that uses an electrical spark in a fluid bath to erode away metal. This magical process can remove steel parts such as broken taps and drills that are too hard to remove any other way. A series of articles from Home Shop Machinist that shows you how to build a sophisticated machine that would be unaffordable if purchased new. A possible money maker, you can offer your services to machine shops and auto repair facilities for removing broken taps and drills. The Mechanical parts are a very simple machine shop project, a simple mechanism that lowers an electrode precisely with a stepper motor. This project also requires enough electrical knowledge to be able to solder and follow directions assembling the circuit board. Complete parts list and wiring diagrams included. An intermediate project to build a very useful machine.
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Decorate your garden with ordinary copper pipe
Use plumbing parts to enhance your deck, patio, and garden with your own copper pipe creations. Build copper trellises, arches, arbors, obelisks, and spirals. Make copper plant stands, plant shelves, trellises for pots, and row cover supports. It's easy! Copper garden trellises help provide shade and privacy so you can grow beautiful flowers and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. You will enjoy improving your garden or yard and gaining new space to grow all types of flowering vines. Copper trellises are strong and permanent. They don't rust. They don't rot, and best of all don't need maintenance. You won't even need a workshop or power tools to make them.