I'm looking into having this vac form machine built (or commissioned) and was wondering if anyone else has attempted it.
Plans for a larger vacuum forming 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 new 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 include a 100 page assembly manual in a three ring binder, parts and material cut lists, 27 parts drawings, 3 full size cut-away blueprints and 36 actual color photographs.
By Doug Walsh.
The plans are $122 + s&h. Seems crazy for just plans but hey.
My concerns are:
- Overall costs (I want to make the 24"x24" or 24"x36" version)
- Availability of components
- Will it run on 220v at 30A or less
- Can I adapt it to plug into the outlet dedicated for my clothes dryer.
- Can it disassemble into pieces that will allow it to be moved into a residential basement (ie fit through doorways, and down a flight of stairs)
Any experts out there?