The deadline for this is to have it ready for Arts Walk and the Tinkering Adult Swim at HOCM. This will be the place to discuss this project online.
I have a lot of vacuformable battery trays that flatten right back out when heated. Just a bit over 9x12 inches and any color you like as long as it is black or clear.
This will be a project log about building a small vacuformer. A standard size of thermoformable sheet is 12x12 and 12x18. The vacuformer can be larger than the 9x12 battery trays, but I'd like to keep this one fairly small and portable.
There is the style that has the heater on top suspended over the vacuum bed, with the sheet held in a holder that slides up and down the supports. I have a lot of 1 inch straight pipe we can use for the supports. Like the Formbox (small) or the Centroform EZForm.http://www.3ders.org/articles/20160502-mayku-formbox-plastics-factory-brings-mold-making-to-the-masses-through-kickstarter.htmlhttp://www.robotshop.com/en/centroform-ezform-tabletop-vacuum-forming-machine.html?gclid=CjwKEAiAoOvEBRDD25uyu9Lg9ycSJAD0cnByHrFQXu-tW0fd0uHmjroAatextD-ZR7x9nCzX1s5pxxoCL5fw_wcB
Or with the heater sitting to one side of the vacuum table with the plastic held in a holder hinged between the two. Like this Hobby-Vac.
That company sells plans for that and another with the heater overhead. I don't think we need plans, do we?http://www.build-stuff.com/