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How to Make Your Own Prototypes How to Make Your

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How to Make Your Own Prototypes : How to make your own Plastic VacuumFormer
by
sheekgeek
on February 23, 2007
Table of Contents
License:  Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa).............................................................................2 Intro:  How to Make Your Own Prototypes : How to make your own Plastic Vacuum Former......................................................2 step 1:  Gather the Pieces.......................................................................................................2 step 2:  Start Building..........................................................................................................3 step 3:  Prepare the Jar........................................................................................................3 step 4:  Adding the "port".......................................................................................................3 step 5:  Make it Air Tight........................................................................................................4 step 6:  Put a Lid on it!.........................................................................................................4 step 7:  Use it................................................................................................................5 step 8:  Stetch it over the part....................................................................................................5 step 9:  Done with Molding......................................................................................................6 step 10:  Clean up the Edges....................................................................................................6 step 11:  Building Bigger.........................................................................................................6 step 12:  Closing Thoughts......................................................................................................7 Related Instructables...........................................................................................................7 Advertisements...............................................................................................................7 Comments...................................................................................................................7
 
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License:Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)Intro:
How to Make Your Own Prototypes : How to make your own Plastic Vacuum Former
Make a Plastic Vacuum Molder using parts around the house.
NOTE
--This article was originally posted atSheekGeek.This is my first tutorial or instructable.Plastic vacuum formers are an important part of prototyping. If you need a nice plastic robot body, or custom case for a project you are doing, get your tools, 'cause thisone's easy to build and fun to play with.The vacuum former uses a simple concept. They use the power of a vacuum to suck gooey plastic sheets very tightly around an object you place in them, making a 3Dcopy of pretty much what ever you want.Plastic vacuum formers are usually big, expensive machines; however we don't always need to make huge pieces for our projects, so these machines would be pointlessto have, or at least that's what I tell myself so I won't want one ;)Our molder will have a good size for most projects that you probably deal with. If you get confused or just want to see what I am talking about, watch this short clipshowing the video of a vacuum form I made.
step 1:
Gather the Pieces
The main parts to this machine are:-A top; which is the place that the object to be copied is put and the magic happens. This has holes drilled in it so the suction is about the same over the whole surface.-A hollow cavity, like a strong, airtight box. This is to get the same approximate suction on all parts of the top-A vacuum cleaner (shop vacs are a pretty good choice because they have a lot of suction, but a normal vacuum cleaner will work too.) This is the source of the suction.-Two frames to hold sheets of plastic. This can be two picture frames, or something made of Popsicle sticks.The first plastic molder I made was a test run of what I wanted, but it worked so great, that I usually use it for all the small parts I make. I will first tell you how to make oneof these, you don't have to build it, but it will show the concepts of how and why the machine works. The bigger machine is described later in this article.Parts list for very small plastic molder:1 - Plastic peanut butter jar or similar. (Don't use glass, you'll need to cut it some.)1 -2 liter coke bottle or similar.1 - Home vacuum cleaner, or similar.A few sheets of saran wrap.Some good tape, like electrical tape or duct tape.Tools needed:-- A good sharp cutting knife or razor (be careful don't cut yourself!)--An electric drill with a small drill bit, a Dremel works nice with the standard 1/8 inch drill bit.Ok, got it all? Let's start.
 
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step 2:
Start Building
First, drill a bunch of little holes in the lid of the jar, spaced about 1/4 of an inch apart. Try to evenly space them in a grid pattern. This will become our "workspace."
step 3:
Prepare the Jar
Second, cut a hole in the side of the peanut butter jar just large enough that little more than the tip of the 2 liter bottle top will fit through it.
step 4:
Adding the "port"
Then use the knife to cut the top off of the coke bottle, Put the top of the bottle through the hole in the jar from the inside like this:

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