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shapes. Build your own low cost equipment using hardware store items and

your kitchen oven as a heat source.

to its simplest form, so it can be done right in the home. Its a mystery

to me why vacuum forming is so largely ignored in the hobby and craft fields.

Its a fast and easy way to mold high quality plastic parts. Best of all,

it requires no special skills and very little equipment.

you how to get 5 times more forming power. Chapter 2 tells why heat lamps

and heat guns won’t work well, and shows how to use your kitchen

oven and alternate heat sources

uses heat to soften a plastic sheet, and then vacuum to suck it down

tightly against a pattern or mold. The plastic quickly cools and retains

this shape. 

them in your kitchen oven. The mold or pattern can be made from wood,

plaster, epoxy resin, aluminum, plastic and many other materials or built

up from a combination of materials. Many times, you can form over an

existing part.

uses. Some examples are:

Signs, Holiday decorations, Soap and Candy molds, Containers and packaging.

We are not trying to melt the plastic, just make it soft like a sheet

of rubber. Your kitchen oven was designed to heat food at these temperatures,

so its a safe and convenient way to heat plastic as well. This chapter

shows the differences between gas and electric ovens and how to use them


sources are discussed, such as, electric frying pans and griddles, toaster

ovens, hot plates etc.., with advice on using each one.

and conversion tables. Vacuum is commonly rated in "Inches of Mercury" (IN.

HG.)  Most commercial vacuum forming is done with 25 -27 IN.HG.

with a maximum of about 30 inches possible.

30 IN.HG. Don’t be fooled by the commercials that show them picking

up bowling balls. It doesn’t matter how many horsepower, or how loud

it is, or how much it dims the lights.  Even the best "Shop

Vacs"  don’t pull very hard, they just flow a lot of air!

Learn how to increase that 50% by coupling two vacuum cleaners together.

Seven other low cost sources of higher vacuum are discussed, such as.

intake manifold vacuum (from your car), Modified bicycle pumps, air powered

and electric pumps. Learn how to modify a bicycle pump to pull 27 IN.HG.

and use stored vacuum form tanks.

cleaner with another higher vacuum source to create a "two Stage" system.

You won’t find this information available anywhere else!

the hardware store, and use this frame with inexpensive spring clips

to hold a plastic sheet for heating. See ideas for simple vacuum boxes

made from cake pans, and more sophisticated two stage vacuum boxes.

to combine a vacuum cleaner with a second higher vacuum source. This

method uses the speed of a vacuum cleaner, but finishes off with a more

powerful vacuum source. The valve is easy to make and works automatically.

you are likely to come across. This chapter discusses the common types

and gives you practical advice on choosing a plastic for your application.

Properties such as impact resistance, forming characteristics, pre-drying,

and cost are considered. Useful tips on where to buy plastic sheets and

how to deal with plastic distributors.

mainly on wood and plaster molds. Learn six

"common sense" rules of moldmaking, such as avoiding undercuts,

surface preparation and the use of release agents. Read important information

on using hollow molds and forming over existing objects. An example shows

how to cast a plaster mold to reproduce an existing model car body.

advice on the actual forming process. Learn how to tell when the plastic

is ready to form and learn about common problems and how to solve them.

Photographs show sample parts made with different plastics.

model car body over the plaster pattern created in the last chapter.

Read about glues and paints for different plastics.

with more forming tips and solutions to common problems, as well as information

on plans that are available for building your own machines with built

in ovens. Please visit the book index on this website for other

books and plans on vacuum forming equipment..