I’ve started this discussion so people can share their experiences with vacuum forming. What worked for you and how did you build it? PLEASE SHARE PICTURES
So lately I’ve been very interested in vacuum forming. Enough that I took a stab at building my own. Now before you go judging me I wanted to build a cheap and easy setup for under $40. I basically used some old plywood I had laying around my garage and some 1/4" MDF. I also lined the “oven” with aluminum HVAC tape which is rated for 300 deg F. Surely 400 will be fine :). So I drilled a hole in the side of the “oven” and stuck a heat gun in there. It got up to about 350 deg F but the 1/8" ABS just wouldn’t droop enough. So I ran to Harbor Freight and grabbed another one. They are going on sale this weekend for $8.99 each by the way. So after about 10 minutes of heating my plastic got hot enough to form. I know this method was inefficient but it was the tools I had at the time. I got the job done. I bought 2 of these because I’ve been told a “convection method” would be better. Here’s the link:
$11.99 WITH FREE SAME DAY SHIPPING. WHAT A DEAL!
So I am going to incorporate these elements in my box.
Here are some pictures of my project:
Please share yours!