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hobby vac vaccum former
Hobby-Vac Construction Plans

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.

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. Build it Yourself and Save!

Plans are supplied as .pdf files on a CD, and include a 100 page illustrated assembly manual, 2 large photo pages, 32 drawings, sources and a large cut away drawing.

You can use the plans as supplied on the CD by using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, or you can take the plans CD to a copy shop such as "FedEx Office" and they can produce printouts from the CD files for you. Or you can print out any section of the plans you wish on your own computer printer.

By Doug Walsh.

Hobbyist Vacuum Forming Machine Plans on CD $40.00 +S&H

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proto-form vacuum former
Proto-Form Construction Plans

Plans for a larger vacuum forming machine 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 manufactured 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 are supplied as .pdf files on a CD, and include a 100 page assembly manual, parts and material cut lists, 27 parts drawings, 3 full size cut-away blueprints and 36 color photographs. Complete parts list and sources of supply are included.

You can use the plans as supplied on the CD by using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, or you can take the plans CD to a copy shop such as "FedEx Office" and they can produce printouts from the CD files for you. Or you can print out any section of the plans you wish on your own computer printer.

These plans formerly sold for over $120 in printed form - you save over $45 with the new CD version.

By Doug Walsh.

Professional Vacuum Forming Machine Plans on CD $75.00 +S&H

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do-it yourself vacuum forming
Vacuum Forming for the Hobbyist Book

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 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!

By Doug Walsh. 130 pages. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.

Do-It Yourself Vacuum Forming $13.00 +S&H

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Building a vac form machine
Secrets of Building a Vacuum Forming Machine Book

An easy to read book loaded with illustrations and photos. 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 the 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 machine.

By Vincent Gingery. 106 pages. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.

Secrets of Building a Plastic Vacuum Forming Machine $16.00 +S&H

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