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Discussion in 'Vacuum Forming Machines' started by rengelking, May 22, 2017.
Vacuum Former built with off-the-shelf parts, works perfectly every time!
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What is your heating element? This is a cool project. I am curious as to how strong the plastic is, too. I have some projects this would work well with.
Thanks! It uses 2 of these heaters.. you have to carefully disassemble them, and rewire them; I was able to reuse the controls, but I disabled the thermal safety sensors, and also bypassed the over voltage cutoff. I have them set at half power. They work great because the heat is only absorbed by the plastic, with the aluminum reflecting most of it:
Ecotronic 1500-Watt 2-Element Infrared Electric Portable Heater-TQH05 - The Home Depot
The plastic used is strong and flexible, but stiffens up if you put angles in it; you can also double it up if you need more strength:
Shop Parkland Plastics 48-in x 8-ft Embossed White Matte Plastic Wall Panel at Lowes.com
Thanks fir the info.
Thanks for the build and sharing your ideas, looks like it works great!!! I have a vacuum forming table already but lacked a heating source (not any more though . I'll have too stop by Home Depot this weekend and see if they have any in stock, hell, they might even be on clearance...could I get so lucky!?!?
Please let me know the parts I need to buy and how to put it together. I need to make molds. This looks fantastic. Thank you so much.
This is a fantastic build. I happen to have one of those heaters sitting behind me as I type this. I really appreciate the video. If you have a moment, and can explain in more detail how you modified your heaters to do this project, I would be grateful. I can figure out the rest, but have never been much on electronics.