It is difficult to imagine today's world without the technology of fast production of mechanical elements, models of three-dimensional objects, mock-ups, figurines or even finished housings for small electronic devices. 3D printing has dominated engineer's studios as well as home hobbyists' workshops for good. Despite many unquestionable advantages, FDM or SLA technologies also have their significant limitations. One of them, probably the most important one, is time - regardless of whether we use printers based on films or a highly precise, but also quite expensive technique based on light-curing resin - we always have to wait quite a long time for a ready printout, and this time can reach even several dozen hours for really large models. And what if we need relatively simple but relatively large elements, e.g. untypical containers or housing parts? Then vacuum forming technology comes to your aid.
Vacuum forming - an innovation in the field of fast production
A classic vacuum forming device, e.g. available in our Makyu Formbox shop, consists of a base, containing control electronics and a perforated plate with a vacuum channel, and - placed on two solid metal supports - a heater, located above the base like a roof. The third element is a movable frame - its task is to move the sheet of material from which the detail is to be made. The process of vacuum thermoforming consists in heating up the sheet of material to an appropriate temperature, and then applying it with a quick, decisive movement on the form, placed on a grid located in the upper part of the base. Suction of air through the grille causes the material to be sucked in and "clogged" the upper surface of the mould. This solution gives the possibility to obtain an almost ideal surface, one should only remember that the mould should not contain sharp edges or too much projection. Details produced by vacuum forming have the form of an open "shell" on one side.
Vacuum molding equipment offer in Botland
In our offer you will find a vacuum forming device for Makyu Formbox. The forming platform (whose area is limited by the size of the vacuum grid) has dimensions of 200 x 200 mm. The kit, apart from the moulding machine itself, also includes a set of accessories necessary to start work - 30 Cast Sheets (transparent), 30 Form Sheets (white), as well as an adapter to connect any vacuum cleaner (it is necessary for the operation of the moulding machine as the machine itself does not have a vacuum pump), a power cord, a suction pipe and a kit for first creation. Once you've used all the sheets available in the starter kit, you can easily buy more (both white and transparent), packed in 30 pieces each. On the internet you will find many examples of vacuum forming techniques - from cake tins with unusual, intriguing shapes to... prototypes of furniture.